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Vol. XXVI, No. 544 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 30, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: An OK chorale; exiting in protest; working without Annette; smaller pastures; outside track; tough top cop.
Olympic undertaking: Finding enough cops to police the 2002 Winter Games.
Paying up: College settles suit over false promises to CJ students.
Partners against crime: College & industry team up to fight cyber-crime.
Domestic help: Rethinking the merits of mandatory arrest & restraining orders in fighting domestic violence.
Candid cameras: In-car video recorders may not be working out.
Quality counts: IACP honors three cutting-edge programs.
Cleaning up their act: Solutions to nagging graffiti problems.
Quota, unquota: Is 19 years long enough for hiring decree?
A ruse is a ruse: Albuquerque says “oops” over wiretap subterfuge.
Power of suggestion: Few teens are counseled to think of police careers.
Forum: Random thoughts on the KC patrol study; the Wardlow ruling takes flight.
Criminal Justice Library: Gender & community policing; a guide to selecting a police chief.
All aboard: Model railroaders help police with tabletop simulations.

 People & Places

OK chorale

      A moving performance by a police choir last year during a candlelight vigil at the National Police Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C., has led to the recording of a compact disc which is scheduled to receive national airplay in 2001.
      The Durham, N.C., Police Department’s choir hopes to release 5,000 copies of the CD on behalf of the group Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) which sponsors the National Police Memorial Week program each May in Washington, D.C...

Protest exit

      Plans by town officials in Stevenson, Ala., to reduce the number of patrol officers from seven to five led to the resignation of Police Chief Jim Kerby this month, the third chief to quit the local force in five months.
      Kerby, who had served in the position for several years before retiring in 1995, came back after Chief Tommy Lands resigned in July. Lands and Capt. Dale Winters were placed on administrative leave with pay on May 12 by then Mayor James Matthews, after he discovered they were being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Matthews told The Associated Press that he did not know the cause of the probe. Acting Chief Mike Miller, who replaced Lands briefly, also left...

Without Annette

      Saying she had accomplished what she set out to do in six years, the Washington State Patrol’s first female chief, Annette Sandberg, announced in November that she would be leaving to begin a new career.
      Sandberg, 39, practiced law before being named to run the patrol by Gov. Mike Lowry in 1995 at the age of 33. Her resignation will take effect in January, although she agreed to stay longer if a replacement has not been found by then...

Smaller pastures

      His close-knit community now a bustling city of 40,000, Haltom City, Tex., interim police chief Roger Macon left for smaller pastures this month, accepting the top law enforcement position in Saginaw.
      Macon, 41, had served with the Halom City department since 1981. Moving up through the ranks, he was an assistant chief of police operations. Last year, Macon was made interim chief, overseeing a $1.6-million renovation of an abandoned used-goods store to create a larger police department and jail...

Outside track

      To the surprise of both city officials and the police union, the Racine, Wis., Police and Fire Commission this month voted unanimously to select an outside candidate to be the department’s new chief.
      Deputy Inspector David Spenner, a 26-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, will replace Racine Chief Richard Polzin, who retired in May. Spenner was chosen from a final pool of three candidates, including Assistant Chief Alan Baker, who had been serving as interim chief, and Capt. Jeffrey Benn...

Las Vegas cop gambles & wins
IACP/Parade honors survivor of fierce gunfight with armed robber

      A 20-year Las Vegas police veteran who killed an armed robber while getting shot eight times himself was named the 2000 Police Officer of the Year this month by Parade magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, during the organization’s annual conference in San Diego.
      “Please tell my wife I love her. I did the best I could. I hope I didn’t hit anybody else,” said Officer Dennis Devitte as he lay bleeding from the wounds he received during a gun battle that broke out in the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 1999, at Mr. D’s Sports Bar...