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Vol. XXVII, No. 550 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 28, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Getting even; miracle return; Sid on top of the world; never too old; away from the desk.
Rainbow coalition: Diversity training in Portland focuses on transgender community.
Kinder, gentler policing: Chief takes a different tack with young first-time drug violators.
Bottoms-up policing: More officers getting responsibility for geographic beats.
The beat goes on: From the White House to the statehouses, new racial-profiling developments.
Making their points: Special skills are worth money to Mesa cops.
Sweetening the pot: Departments dangle bonuses in front of would-be recruits.
America rules: U.S. teenagers outdo their European counterparts in drug use.
Checkout time: M.O. changes have an impact on drug busts by NJSP’s “hotel
The jury is out: Do sex offender registries help reduce crime?
Payback: Seized drug money helps pay deputies’ college tuition.
Moonlight sonata: Off-duty work plan lowers rents, but raises questions.
Balancing act: Supreme Court weighs police needs vs. ciitizens’ rights.
Forum: A drug-control strategy for the new millennium.

 People & Places

Getting even

      Hurt so badly while making an arrest that she may have to give up her law enforcement career, Greensboro Police Officer Theresa Arnold sued her assailant and was awarded nearly a million dollars by a county judge this month.
      Arnold, 39, filed the lawsuit last July as an outgrowth of the 1999 altercation in which Kikkimon Maurice McKellar fractured her shoulder, broke her pinkie and damaged her knee. Since then, the officer has undergone five operations and is still recuperating. She is not sure whether she can continue to serve on the force because it has taken her so long to recover. “I don’t believe there is closure yet because my job is still somewhat in question,” Arnold told The (Greensboro) News & Record...

Miracle return

      After having been given less than two years to live, a Dallas police officer was back on the job in February when an experimental treatment for cancer provided what he believes was nothing short of a miracle.
      Robert Becker, 41, suffered from a cancer that had spread throughout his stomach and abdominal area. “My doctors told me there was nothing they could do,” he said. “There was no way to remove it all without killing me.”..

Sid on board

      Leawood, Mo., will not be losing a police chief, it will be gaining a world-class law enforcement administrator in Sid Mitchell, who was elected this month to the board of the FBI’s National Academy.
      The 49-year-old Mitchell is a 1991 graduate of the prestigious three-month program for law enforcement officers. As board member in charge of what is called Section II, he will represent 15 states, three international regions and Mexico for the academy’s 14,000-member alumni group, the National Academy Associates. Mitchell will be one of only 11 people to sit on the board...

Never too old

      Getting up at 6 a.m. and enduring four- and five-mile runs every day may not be every 49-year-old’s idea of living a dream, but it was to Robert Wilson, who recently became one of the oldest rookie officers in the history of the Durham, N.C., Police Department.
      Wilson had applied to the agency in 1977, but the timing wasn’t right. With his wife pregnant with the couple’s second child, he decided to keep his job as a computer operator at Liggett & Meyers Tobacco Co. Wilson eventually become operations manager of computer information systems there in 1990...

Not at his desk

      Being the top cop is apparently no desk job for either New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik or Fort Worth Police Chief Ralph Mendoza, both of whom made arrests this month.
      Kerik was on patrol with three members of his security detail in the city’s Hamilton Heights section when he spotted two men who appeared to be involved in a chase. When they were stopped, the suspects gave conflicting stories and false names. It turned out that the van being driven by Lloyd Triplett, 36, and Lydell Williams, 34, had been stolen at gunpoint in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 21. Triplett was charged with grand larceny and Williams with unauthorized use of a vehicle. Both were also charged with criminal possession of stolen property...