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Vol. XXVII, No. 554 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Bush’s tough choice; okey-dokey in Holyoke; the doctor is in; stars of Bethlehem; the St. Pete beat; now you see them, now you don’t.
Vicious cycle: Diminished prospects for abused & neglected children.
Sweetening the pot: Chicago wants more cops to take assignments in public housing units.
Making tracks: DEA works with Amtrak to get the drop on rail passengers.
Spreading the word: E-mail bulletins do the job for a small department.
In the spotlight: Omaha publicizes its chronic domestic violence offenders.
Free ride? What some people will do for free medical care — get arrested.
Blowing the call: Newspaper reports a bias “killing” that never happened.
Imbalance of power: Why does Detroit have so few homicide clearances, yet plenty of arrests per case?
Turning up the HEAT: A different approach to community policing.
The color of profiling: Black cops as both victims & users of the practice.
Playing it safe: County drops “most wanted” list from its Web site.
Forum: A realistic, close-range look at nonlethal munitions gives users & manufacturers plenty to think about.

 People & Places

Tough choice

      A former top aide to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and chief of enforcement and supply reduction at the White House Office of Drug Control Policy during the last Bush administration, John P. Walters is the apparent choice of President Bush for the position of drug czar.
      Walters, 49, is currently president of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a conservative association, and was previously president of the New Citizenship Project, a group that promotes an increased role for religion in public life. A harsh critic of the Clinton Administration’s drug policies, Walters served briefly as director of the drug policy office in 1993 before quitting in protest when his staff was slashed from 146 to 25 and policy was redirected from law enforcement and interdiction to a focus on hard-core users...

Holyoke-y doke-y

      Bringing the version of community policing he implemented as police chief of Rock Island, Ill., to Holyoke, Mass., is the goal that Anthony M. Scott has set for himself when he assumes command of the Bay State department on May 21.
      Scott, 54, accepted the $94,000-a-year job a week after it was offered to him this month by Holyoke Mayor Michael Sullivan. He delayed his acceptance, he said, partly because he wanted to give Rock Island officials — who had been lobbying him to stay — the chance to make a counteroffer...

Street savvy

      Dr. D. Kim Rossmo, the Police Foundation’s new Director of Research, wants to “move the ivory tower a bit closer to Raymond Chandler’s mean streets,” building on the foundation’s history of envelope-pushing research to better integrate the worlds of the academician and the practitioner.
      Rossmo is a 21-year veteran of the Vancouver, B.C., Police Department and the creator of the geographic profiling methodology [See LEN, June 15, 2000]. During the course of his career, he has worked with local, national and international law enforcement agencies including Scotland Yard, the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

Stars of Bethlehem

      When Bethlehem, Pa., Police Commissioner Eugene Learn and Deputy Commissioner Herbert Goldfeder walked out the door of the Town Hall this month after a retirement party in their honor, the two veteran cops took 61 years of law enforcement experience with them.
      Learn and Goldfeder came up through the ranks together, joining the Bethlehem Police Department in 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1988, Learn was promoted to lieutenant. He was named staff captain in 1990, deputy commissioner in 1996 and then commissioner the following year...

St. Pete beat

      While some community activists are disappointed that St. Petersburg, Fla., Mayor Rick Baker is going to replace Police Chief Goliath Davis 3d, Davis will not be leaving town. He will, instead, become the city’s deputy mayor for midtown economic development.
      In his new post, Davis will carry out Baker’s campaign pledge to revitalize St. Petersburg’s predominantly black south-central area...

Now you see them, now you don’t

      Two retirements, one promotion, a resignation and a comeback marked the comings and goings of police chiefs in several cities and small towns this month.
      Kinston, N.C., Police Chief Michael Wightman announced his retirement on April 6, effective immediately. Wightman has been the focus of two internal investigations, probes that city officials say will end with the chief’s departure...