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Vol. XXVI, No. 539 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Living to serve; back to the local fray; taking the reins in Bridgeport crowd control pays off; Safir bows out.
Now you see ‘em, now you don’t: Comings & goings in policing.
Balance of power: Albany retools its police review board.
They wouldn’t DARE: Salt Lake City drops anti-drug program.
Gene pooling: California DA’s offer free DNA testing to inmates claiming innocence.
The wireless world: Tulsa upgrades MDT support network.
A ruse by any other name: Courts rule on arrest practices.
Split personality: Santa Fe looks to speed adoption of community policing.
Playing hardball: Baltimore-area task force targets wanted fugitives.
Shuffling the deck: Diversity issues force new look for Dayton PD.
The price of stupidity: Should a cop be fired over "a couple of hits"?
Ticket to freedom: The PocketCop liberates cops from the patrol car.
Forum: Two views on catching more criminals in the DNA web.
Investing in kids: How four departments are focusing on youth.
Bearing the brunt: Women still get the worst of domestic violence.

 People & Places

He lived to serve

      The small North Carolina farming community of Rich Square came to a virtual standstill on July 22, as residents and others said farewell to popular, soft-spoken Police Chief Joe White, 62, who was murdered during a traffic stop six days earlier.
      At about 4 P.M. on Sunday, July 16, officials say, White pulled over someone in a green Ford Explorer in the parking lot of the local dialysis center. Soon after, passersby said that they saw White lying beside his patrol car, while the suspect fled the scene. White died of a single gunshot to his head from a .45 caliber semiautomatic Glock pistol. Authorities speculate that White was shot with his own gun, since his .45 caliber semiautomatic was missing from the scene...

Back to the front

      It’s back to his real love, local law enforcement, for Gil Kerlikowske, the deputy director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, who in August assumed command of the Seattle Police Department.
      Kerlikowske, the 50-year-old former Buffalo, N.Y., police commissioner, was one of three finalists for the Seattle position, along with Madison, Wis., Police Chief Richard Williams and Washington, D.C., Assistant Chief William McManus. Appointed by Mayor Paul Schell on July 24, Kerlikowske was approved unanimously by the City Council’s public safety committee on Aug. 3. “We really like him,” said council president Margaret Pageler...

Taking the reins

      Wilbur L. Chapman, who was one of New York City’s highest ranking black police officials before being appointed in 1998 as head of the Department of Transportation, is leaving that post to assume command of the Bridgeport, Conn., Police Department.
      Chapman, 52, rose to chief of patrol in 1995 under Police Commissioner Howard Safir and was appointed commissioner of the city’s DOT three years later by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He was selected by Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim in July after beating out candidates from Michigan and Massachusetts. The city’s first African American police chief, Chapman will begin his new job on Sept 1...

Working the crowd

      In his 34 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, Deputy Chief Charles F. “Rick” Dinse played significant roles in handling numerous high-profile, highly volatile events, including a Summer Olympics, a papal visit and a devastating natural disaster. According to Mayor Rocky Anderson of Salt Lake City, it was precisely Dinse’s demonstration of “superb leadership” and his considerable security experience that won him appointment as police chief of Utah’s capital city.
      Dinse, who was a security planner for the recent Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, has also played a role in the security arrangements for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was planning coordinator for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II. He was also a field commander during the 1992 riots and a task force commander following the 1994 Northridge earthquake...

Safir course of action
NYPD boss calls it quits, is replaced by city corrections chief

      An unexpected changing of the guard took place at 1 Police Plaza in New York City in August as Police Commissioner Howard Safir stepped down after a four-year tenure marked by both achievement and scandal, and Bernard B. Kerik, commissioner of the city’s Department of Correction, took up the reins.
      Safir was an original member of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, having been named Fire Commissioner in 1994 after 26 years in federal law enforcement. Two years later, he succeeded William Bratton at the police department. The sharp declines in crime that began under Bratton continued on Safir’s watch, with a 7.8-percent drop in major crimes citywide from 1998 to 1999, and homicides hitting an all-time low of 671 last year...