Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXV, No. 515,516 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July/August, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: NYPD fear factor; filling in in Hartford; Noble calling; breaking new spiritual ground; bureau boss.
Heading for the exits: New Orleans quit in frustration over promotional logjam.
Two-pronged success: NYPD commandersí formula for cutting crime while keeping civilian complaints down.
Hard rain: DC firing range stays closed after shells rain on surrounding neighborhood in training exercise.
The tape doesnít lie: Seattle PD apologizes over videotaping a news conference staged by police critics.
We have an emergency: Dallas changes policy to bring down response times.
Van go: Another accident is linked to a Minneapolis police vanís abrupt acceleration.
Forum: Americaís drug czar says toughness alone wonít break the cycle of drugs & crime.
An ounce of protection: Will Congress come to the aid of young witnesses?
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Fear factor

     Chief of Department Louis Anemone, who was often feared by many New York City police commanders for his merciless questioning of their crime-reduction strategies during the Police Departmentís weekly Compstat meetings, shocked the agency in June when he abruptly announced his retirement after 34 years on the job.
     The 53-year-old Anemone, the departmentís third-highest ranking official and highest ranking uniformed officer, said it was the rigors of the job over time that prompted his departure...

Filling in

     Acknowledged as perhaps the Hartford, Conn., Police Departmentís most effective community-relations troubleshooter, Assistant Chief Deborah Barrows has been made acting chief in the absence of her boss, Chief Joseph Croughwell, who is on medical leave and is considering retirement in September.
     The 44-year-old Barrows is the highest-ranking African American officer in the department and among the highest-ranking female officers in the state. While she has filled in for Croughwell before in short stints, this would be the longest period she has assumed command of the department...

Noble calling

     As a young lawyer fresh from Stanford University, all Ronald K. Noble wanted was to be a financial success. Fortunately for American and international law enforcement, Interpolís newly appointed director took the trusted advice of those who told him he would have a more fulfilling career in public service.
     The 42-year-old Noble is the first American to head the international police organization. A former Federal prosecutor who was sworn in as under secretary of the Treasury Departmentís enforcement division at the age of 38, his report on the Government siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Tex., led to the departure of several high-ranking officials Federal law enforcement officials. Noble was also at the Treasury Department when Federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed on April 19, 1995...

Healing hand

     In deference to the tensions between police and the cityís black community that have arisen in the aftermath of the Amadou Diallo shooting in February, the New York City Police Department in June appointed its first Muslim chaplain.
     The new chaplain, 48-year-old El Hajji Izak-El Muíeed Pasha, is the spiritual leader of the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem, presiding over an 8,000-member congregation. The mosque was once the headquarters of black nationalist leader Malcolm X and was the scene of a shootout in 1972 between Muslims and police that left one officer dead...

Bureau boss

     James V. DeSarno Jr., a 23-year veteran of the FBI who has both a masterís degree in clinical psychology and broad experience in investigating fraud and corruption, has been named as the new head of the bureauís Los Angeles field office.
     The 52-year-old DeSarno was formerly in charge of overseeing agents investigating fund-raising abuses in the 1996 Presidential campaign. As chief of the Los Angeles field office, he will hold the rank of assistant FBI director ó one of 13 in the agency...