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Vol. XXVI, No. 543 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Quarter-millionaire; Bratton gets the call; Houston, we have a problem; inside out; class act; Mass. appeal; now you see them, now you don’t.
Shoot? Don’t shoot. Cops get new guidance on firing at vehicles.
At their fingertips: Field trainers get help from Palm Pilot software.
Pulling the plug: SWAT training ends in death, maybe policy change.
Take a number: Lining up to review police shootings in Detroit.
Virtual pursuits: Simulator helps deputies get a grip on chases.
Beg pardon: Would-be cop gets a clean record.
Access denied: Why a local PD can’t use Indiana’s crime database.
Pluses & minuses: Florida cops are honest, proud, overworked & underpaid.
Sweetening the deal: Can bonuses lure Chicago cops to work in high-crime districts?
That does not compute: Data overload hampers Customs’ computer system.
Forum: A pure & simple solution to potential DNA contamination.
Letters to the Editor: Readers sound off.
Win some, lose some: Courts rule on police-related matters.

 People & Places


      While the big-screen television in the garage was a clue that he won some money, not even the Omaha Police Department’s best detectives were able to crack Lieut. Eric Buske, who for nearly two weeks kept secret from co-workers and family the fact that he had won $250,000 as a contestant on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.”
      Buske, 39, is a 16-year veteran of the department who works in the narcotics unit. He captured the quarter-million dollars after correctly answering that Andrew Jackson was the target of the first documented assassination attempt on a sitting U.S. president...

Bratton on call

      Former New York City police commissioner William J. Bratton this month signed an agreement to provide consultative services to clients of Kroll Associates, a global corporate investigations firm.
      Under the arrangement, Bratton and his company, the Bratton Group LLC, will focus on areas of training, operational reengineering and analysis of security-related issues. Bratton will be working once again with Jerome M. Hauer, who served as director of the New York Office of Emergency Management when Bratton lead the city’s police force in the mid-1990’s. Hauer is now head of Kroll’s Crisis and Consequence Management Group, which the company said was created to provide government entities, police and other public safety agencies around the world with crisis planning, training and on-site crisis response...

Hartford insurance

      After two acting police chiefs in less than a year, the Hartford, Conn., Police Department has finally found a permanent leader in Bruce Preston Marquis, former chief of the Houston Independent School District police.
      Marquis, who was one of five finalists for the job, accepted the post on Oct. 20. His first priority as chief, he said, would be to bridge the gap between the police and the community. In the past six years, more than 20 municipal officers have been arrested in both on- and off-duty incidents, including five who were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly assaulting prostitutes...

Inside out

      It was with disappointment that members of the Dubuque, Iowa, Police Department last month greeted the selection of the city’s new police chief, an outsider chosen by the City Council over a well-liked insider finalist.
      The selection of Kim Wadding, the police chief in Newton, Iowa, over Dubuque Capt. Mike Sullivan, sent a message “about how you feel about the department,” said Lieut. Tom Parker. “All the hours and the dedication. At the end, that doesn’t mean much. Walking the halls yesterday, it looked like a funeral,” he told The (Dubuque) Telegraph Herald. “People were crying. I’m not exaggerating.”..

Class act

      Although the effort led to the indictment last month of two high school students on charges of drug dealing, an undercover probe by the Roanoke County, Va., Police Department that used a young-looking officer to pose as a teenager has not been without controversy.
      Dubbed Operation Babyface, the 10-month investigation placed 25-year-old Officer K.L. Moulton at Northside High School to gather information and purchase drugs from students who believed she was a 17-year-old transfer student from Northern Virginia. Moulton bought LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and the prescription painkiller OxyContin. ..

Mass. appeal

      Worcester, Mass., officials last month asked acting police chief James M. Gallagher if he would like to make the arrangement permanent. He said yes, replacing Chief Edward P. Gardella on Oct. 20.
      It is hoped that Gallagher will be able to improve police-community relations in the city. Gallagher, a self-described strict disciplinarian, said he is concerned that some in the community are not treated fairly by officers. He plans to focus on the general training of recruits, the emphasis of which, he believes, has shifted over time into adversarial training — concentrating on the dangers and threats officers face. “As a result, there is a tendency to forget that our dealings with people are mostly nonadversarial...

Now you see them, now you don’t

      The welcome mat was out both literally and figuratively, with a sign hung on the door to greet Bruce Hall, the new police chief of Ridgefield, Wash., on his first day of work last month.
      Ridgefield, a town of approximately 2,000 on the Oregon border, had been without a chief since January, when Steve Garrott retired. Hall, 43, took over from Officer Cathy Doriot, who had been in charge of the four-member department. “The officers here are very professional” and have a good sense of humor, said Hall...