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Vol. XXV, No. 522 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 30, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Smooth sailing; Pennington’s major honor; dogged pursuit in Miami; a belated tribute; entering the Neutral Zone.
Deep in the heart of taxes: The high price of pot possession
Fine-line rendering: Producing a better crime scene re-creation after a church massacre.
No thanks: Regional cops-in-schools grant has a detractor.
Opening the pipeline: Feds pour in millions to aid tribal justice.
Arresting dilemma: Tribal & municipal police try to work out a two-way arrest policy.
Trouble on the line: Misdialing spells trouble for Omaha 911 system.
Go east, young man: Drug mules discover a new overland route.
Lukewarm welcome: Chicago PD holds ex-housing cops to higher standards.
The home front: Residency rules rankle in St. Louis metro area.
LEN interview: Susan Herman, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Forum: Should police get all the credit for crime reductions?
Criminal Justice Library: How the NYPD fights crime; the consequences of police stress.
Quick change artist: New Dallas chief wastes no time shaking things up.

 People & Places

Smooth sailing

      Officials in Fulton County, Ga., have said they could not imagine a smoother transition for the county’s Police Department than appointing Deputy Chief George Coleman to succeed Louis Graham, who announced his retirement as police chief in October.
      The 44-year-old Coleman, who took command on Nov. 12, said he was "honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead some of the finest men and women in law enforcement." Coleman said he looked upon Graham, the department’s first African-American chief, as a mentor...

Major honor

      he Major Cities’ Chiefs Conference awarded New Orleans Police Supt. Richard J. Pennington its highest honor in November, making him the first African-American to receive the organization’s award for excellence.
      During the third quarter of 1999, New Orleans’s homicide rate plummeted by 33 percent as compared with the same period a year earlier, according to NOPD statistics. Data also revealed that the city’s number of reported rapes fell by 6 percent in the first nine months of this year as compared with the same period in 1998...

Dogged pursuit

      The South Miami Police Department has not lost an officer; instead, it gained a Chesapeake Bay retriever, through a pilot program with the Drug Enforcement Administration that requires the police force to give up a K-9 officer to work with one of the DEA’s drug-sniffing dogs at the bustling city airport.
      Buster, a 2-year-old dog trained to identify heroin, cocaine and other drugs, has detected $1.4 million in contraband, including tainted cash, in the year since the South Miami P.D. joined the program. If the contraband found by Buster leads to a successful prosecution, or if the money goes unclaimed, South Miami is entitled to keep 20 percent of it...

Belated tribute

      After discovering the grave of Tulsa’s first African-American police officer to be killed in the line of duty, members of the Tulsa Police Officer’s Memorial Committee have now embarked on a search for the relatives of Officer Robert Jackson, who was slain on Halloween 1927.
      Jackson was buried in an unmarked site at what was then called the Booker T. Washington Cemetery, according to his death certificate. The 42-year-old officer had been dispatched to a domestic dispute at which a women had said her husband was threatening to shoot her. As Jackson began ascending the steps to the home, he was shot three times by 20-year-old Percy Ellis. Jackson returned fire and hit Ellis, who later died of his injury...

Now entering the Neutral Zone
Washington chief’s "win/win" answer to juvenile crime

      When Police Chief John Turner of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., eschewed curfews, crackdowns and other traditional approaches to fighting juvenile crime in favor of a more nurturing solution, he took a lot of guff, he said, from his colleagues in law enforcement. As it turned out, his decision was the right one for his community.
      In 1992, Turner established a community-oriented program called Neutral Zone aimed at helping at-risk adolescents gain access to education, health and social services while also providing a safe environment for them to socialize. From 1993 to 1998, the city has seen gang-related violence drop by more than 90 percent; juvenile arrests fall by more than 50 percent; and graffiti reports decrease from 84 in 1994 to none last year...