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Vol. XXVI, No. 535 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Fact-finding in Northern Ireland; hello, Columbus; ins & outs in Butte; Largo-ing, going, gone.
Dodging the Feds: LAPD eyes sweeping reforms to keep the Justice Department at bay.
Enough cops? St. Louis tries to make better use of the police it has.
Follow the money: Was the disappearance of $100G from a Denver evidence room an inside job?
A closer look: Critics say the Detroit PD could do a better job of investigating officer-involved shootings.
Where’s the beef? KC urged to enhance its citizen complaint process; other agencies make changes.
Safety first: APBs get a high-tech upgrade in Minnesota.
Forum: What’s the LAPD’s problem? It’s the culture.
Get the lead out: New studies look at different juvenile-justice issues, including the lead-paint link.
Just the ticket: Rewarding kids who do the right thing.

 People & Places


      With decades of political turmoil continuing to simmer throughout Northern Ireland, the British government has concluded that police reform is key to the successful development of peace in the region. To handle the task of overseeing the sensitive, complex reform process, the British have called on a veteran, no-nonsense American police official — Thomas Constantine, a former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and New York State Police superintendent.
      The Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland’s police department, has played a significant role in the deep division between the country’s Protestant majority and Roman Catholic minority. To most Protestants, it represents law and order, and protection against those who seek to destabilize the British-backed government. To most Catholics, it is nothing less than a bitter symbol of oppression, said the Reverend Sean McManus, president of the Irish National Caucus, a pro-Ireland lobbying group, in an interview with The Buffalo News...

Hello, Columbus

      Fun is not the first word to come to mind when considering the work that lies ahead for the new public safety director of Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell J. Brown. But fun is something Brown hopes to get out of a job which could potentially pit him against the city’s police union over a number of issues.
      A former director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Cleveland’s director of public safety under then-Mayor George V. Voinovich, the 52-year-old Brown “exudes credibility,” said Ty Marsh, chief of staff for Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman...

Ins & outs

      The announcement by Butte-Silver Bow, Mont., Sheriff John McPherson that he was retiring for medical reasons caught county commissioners by surprise, and created a virtual revolving-door to the sheriff’s office.
      McPherson, 52, who has been a familiar figure in Butte-area law enforcement for 30 years, has been battling complications from diabetes for the past three years, including four surgeries for foot and leg infections. The health problems forced him to decide against running for a third term and, when they finally became too much for him to handle, McPherson requested and received a medical retirement. ..

Finding the exit

      Faced with allegations of his officers engaging in sexual relationships with members of a Law Enforcement Explorer post, Largo, Fla., Police Chief Jerry Bloechle announced his retirement after heading the department for nearly three years.
      After 31 years in law enforcement, including the last 20 in Largo, the 49-year-old Bloechle made his decision after being hospitalized in early June due to heart problems...