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Vol. XXVI, No. 530 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 31, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Minetti’s not standing pat; leaving the FBI’s “front-row seat” in New York; obscene but not heard; cleaning house in Nassau.
Is it nice to be wanted? Celebrating 50 years of the FBI’s Top 10 list.
No problem: Report finds no evidence of organized racism in the Cleveland PD.
Root causes: Hairdressers get involved in spotting signs of domestic violence.
To tell the truth: How to deal with NYC cops who lie to investigators.
Turnaround: Philadelphia PD makes dramatic changes in the way it handles rapes.
$200M wedding: FBI, INS plan to merge fingerprint databases.
LEN interview: Stamford, Conn., Police Chief Dean Esserman.
Forum: Two views on racial profiling — what it is, what it isn’t, and how to get rid of it.
Calling a truce: Smith & Wesson breaks ranks with the gun industry in agreeing to terms with the Federal Government.
Calling for help: The 911 center in Memphis is awash in a sea of calls.
Something from nothing: A town with no police department wins a COPS grant to start one.
Disentanglement: Repercussions of a fatal hogtying incident in Utah.
Smooth flowing: A river runs through a proposed mutual-aid pact in Connecticut.

 People & Places

Bureau bye-bye

      After 25 years — two of them spent at a job he described as being like the best seat in the front row of a Broadway show — Lewis Schiliro, head of the FBI’s New York field office, is turning in his badge.
      Schiliro, 51, is considered one of the nation’s top experts on organized crime. He made his mark against the mob more than a decade ago when he supervised the bureau’s work in the “Pizza Connection” case, in which gangsters were delivering drugs along with cheese-and-mushroom pies. He also testified for 11 days during the trial of imprisoned mobster John Gotti...

Down & dirty

      State officials in Utah are trying to put a lid on access to pornography in the state by appointing a “pornography czar,” a new position within the attorney general’s office which would be responsible for advising municipal governments about obscenity law and helping to tailor ordinances to suit local tastes, among other duties.
      Legislators in both Republican-led chambers of the state Legislature last month passed a bill to create such a position nearly unanimously. Gov. Michael O. Leavitt said he planned to sign the law, but conceded that it would have no effect on the Internet and cable television, the two largest sources of sexually-explicit material...

No time wasted

      Nassau County, N.Y.’s new police commissioner, William Willett, did not even wait to be sworn in last month before asking the department’s top brass to step aside — permanently.
      Willett, who is the first black police commissioner in Long Island history, asked for the resignation of Andrew Kenny, the second deputy police commissioner, and informed Det. Lieut. Kevin Caslin, the department’s public information officer, that he would be transferred. Both men were top aides to Willett’s predecessor, Donald Kane...

Standing Pat? Not likely.
Minetti seeks new options after 28 years as Hampton chief

      He may have retired from law enforcement in January after 45 years on the job, but Hampton, Va., Police Chief Pat G. Minetti is not quite ready to turn his back on public service.
      The 67-year-old former chief will be running for mayor in the elections on May 2. Said Minetti: “The mayor’s seat became vacant, and I pondered that for a while, and I thought I had something to contribute to the community after being here for so long. I decided to go for it.”..