Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVI, Nos. 525, 526 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY January 15/31, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
What’s in a name? Perhaps the fate of a plan to overhaul the police system in Northern Ireland.
One last hurrah: Police target fugitives seeking a Vegas comfort zone.
People & Places: ‘Marshal Marshall’ makes history; sheriff killed by wife; belated honors for valor; the old college try; peer recognition for pragmatist.
Equal opportunity? More women are being arrested in domestic violence incidents. Why?
Souse abuse: Alcohol is the fuel that drives men to spousal battery.
Playing it safer: Line-of-duty deaths are dropping - except in Missouri.
Fair market value: LAPD seeks to cash in on its familiar emblems.
Cost factors: How the drug war exacts a stiff price in police integrity.
Don’t shoot: Connecticut advisory panel urges new deadly-force rules.
Locked & loaded: Gearing up for a busy year on gun issues.
Forum: Few rules guide police in vehicular pursuits of pedestrians.
Walk, don’t run: Supreeme Court’s anticipated ruling on fleeing from police.
They wouldn’t DARE: Minneapolis dumps popular anti-drug program.
Homing in: Web site puts neighborhood crime under the microscope.
Eye-in-the-sky: Satellites track a killer to his victim’s grave.

 People & Places

Wife kills sheriff

      Ottawa County, Okla., authorities in December arrested the wife of 61-year-old Sheriff Jack Harkins on charges of first-degree murder after she allegedly called 911 and stated that she had fatally stabbed her husband with a steak knife “because she was mad at him.”
      Harkins was killed shortly after the couple returned to their Fairland home from a party on Dec. 11, said Fred DeMeier, first assistant district attorney. Patricia Harkins, 58, was fairly intoxicated, he told The Associated Press. Although prosecutors asked the court to hold the defendant without bail, Harkins’s attorney successfully argued that his client had stayed at the scene until authorities arrived, thus not making her a flight risk. Bail was set at $250,000. At that time, Judge Bill Culver issued a gag order restraining anyone working on the case from discussing it with the media...

Belated honors

      An investigation into why a black St. Louis police officer who helped rescue four children and one adult from a burning apartment was not awarded a Medal of Valor in November — although his white partner was — revealed nothing more sinister than a mix-up in paperwork.
      According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, which was asked to look into the omission, Officer Milton Tooks’s name was left out of the list of submissions for the medal when the executive director of the administering agency, Crusade Against Crime, dropped a pile of documents on the floor and failed to pick them up in the same order. As a result, Tooks’s name was put in the wrong pile, said Charles W. Bobinette, the group’s president...

Helping hands

      For neither love nor money could the San Diego Police Department find someone willing to overhaul its woefully crowded headquarters. Even local college students were averse to a request by the department to take on the job as class assignment. But where others saw drudgery, two business majors, Nichole Bergeron and Laura Egdorf, saw a challenge.
      Students at California State University-San Marcos, Bergeron and Egdorf selected the department’s proposal from among dozens sent in by local organizations, municipal agencies and businesses to their Senior Experience class, which requires consulting work for local enterprises and government before graduation...

Problem solver

      Regarded by his peers as a brilliant innovator whose creation of pooled-resource teams has helped police forces around the state, La Vista Police Chief Paul Schultz was honored on Nov. 30 as 1999’s Police Chief of the Year by the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska, an organization he subsequently assumed the presidency of on Jan. 1.
      Schultz, 45, is credited with forming the Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program, which allows departments from anywhere in Nebraska to ask for a team of trained police managers to come in and assess their agency and make suggestions. He also came up with the Crisis Negotiations Unit, a four-city program linked with an on-call psychologist to respond to situations such as hostage cases or standoffs...

‘Marshal Marshall’ makes history

      Just as the father once made history, so too did the son when John Marshall, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, was named as the first African American director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
      Marshall, 41, took the oath of office on Feb. 1 before a group of dignitaries that included Justice John Paul Stevens, whose term overlapped with the elder Marshall’s, Justice David Souter and Attorney General Janet Reno. “I know he hears me when I say, ‘Thanks Dad, I miss you and I love you,’” said Marshall...