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Vol. XXVI, No. 541 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: The real Worcester chief; from the frying pan to the fire; still too smart for policing; Riseling rising; now you see them, now you don’t.
Ripple on the gene pool: DNA testing flap threatens cases in Michigan.
To arms (or not to arms): Making the call on heavier weapons vs. non-lethal alternatives.
Digital stalemate: To get a grant for buying a computer, first the department needs a computer.
No free lunch: Florida city cracks down on longstanding police perks.
Long-term investment: Cops focus their efforts on kids.
Shakedown shakeup: Chicago cops get stung extorting immigrants.
Show me the money: Civil judgment could bankrupt neo-Nazi group.
Forum: The drug war’s terrible price; serious crime that’s not taken seriously.
Got change for a Buckeye? The Justice Department now has two Ohio departments under scrutiny.
Two-timing: Asset forfeiture may be double jeopardy, and New Mexico criminal justice officials are stymied.

 People & Places

Who was that guy?

      Was Worcester, Mass., Police Chief Edward P. Gardella the conservative whose refusal to release unedited internal affairs reports angered civil rights advocates, or the liberal whose marching at gay rights parades so embarrassed members of his department? The answer is probably both, making for one of the more complicated legacies to be left by a police executive.
      Gardella, 60, retired on Sept. 2 after 31 years on the force — nine of those at the top. He leaves behind him a department that is currently on the best terms it has perhaps ever been on with the county’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter, as well as with the community...

Into the fire

      For Rick Mosquera, the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston field office, coming to Texas from an assignment in Baltimore could be described as jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
      “The crime problem in Baltimore is as bad as it was 25 years ago,” the 48-year-old agent told The Houston Chronicle. “Ten percent of the population — about 60,000 — are thought to be addicted to heroin. It has the second-highest murder rate in the nation.”..

Still too smart

      Robert Jordan, the man who was deemed too smart to be a New London, Conn., police recruit after taking the department’s intelligence test in 1996, has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
      The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York upheld the ruling of a Federal judge who said that New London had applied the same standards to everyone who took the test. Jordan had not been discriminated against because of his high test score, the court concluded.

Riseling rising

      Sue Riseling, chief of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department, was recently elected third vice president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. Based on the association’s policy of automatic promotion to the presidency, in 2003 Riseling will become not only its 70th president, but the first woman and the first university police chief to head the group.
      Being first isn’t new to Riseling, who was named police chief at the university’s main campus in 1991, when she was just 30 years old. The university is the fifth largest in the country; and at the time of her appointment Riseling was the first female chief of a Big Ten university. A football stadium tragedy shortly after her arrival forced her to become an expert on crowd management, a topic she now lectures on frequently...

Now you see them, now you don’t

      Stricken by a rare muscular disorder, Wrightsville, N.C., Police Chief Joe Noble left law enforcement — at least temporarily — in September to give himself a chance to heal.
      Noble, a 26-year veteran of the force, began experiencing tics, muscle tremors and profuse sweating last year. Although he hoped to be able to hold on until regular retirement, his symptoms worsened and Noble applied for a medical retirement last month...