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Vol. XXVII, No. 555 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 15, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Empty saddle in Jackson; lucky number; LA law, part 1 & 2; heroes’ welcome; museum pieces.
Super models: DoJ names 9 model sites for community policing approaches.
Freeh at last: FBI director heads for the exit.
Sounds of silence: Portland PD hears concerns of deaf residents.
Sign of the times: DARE officer uses her hands to reach the hearing-impaired.
Split decision: Supreme Court divides sharply on arrest powers.
Good in theory: Subsidizing cops to live on state land — a good idea gone bad?
Thumbs up: Pawnshop customers may have to leave a fingerprint.
Upping the ante: Paying bonuses to cops who recruit viable candidates.
The Pitts: Complaint-review panel in Pittsburgh isn’t measuring up.
New watchdog: Aggressive prosecutor will head review panel for LA sheriff.
Giving notice: Judge’s order can’t stop chief from issuing sex-offender alert.
Handoff: Special prosecutor gets case that sparked Cincinnati rioting.
Less than meets the eye: Casting doubt on eyewitness testimony.
Third time’s the charm? Black FBI agents win another round in court.
Forum: A new challenge for cops; leadership & the bond of trust.
Reasonable doubts: Oklahoma City lab work is under scrutiny.

 People & Places

Empty saddle

      A riderless horse with empty boots in the stirrups was led through the streets of Jackson, Wyo., this month as hundreds looked on in tribute to Dave Cameron, the city’s 55-year-old police chief, who was killed on April 28 in a farm accident.
      Cameron, who had spent eight years as chief of police in Moscow, Idaho, before taking command of the Jackson agency in 1992, was originally from Arvada, Colo. He spent 13 years on his hometown force, the last year as a lieutenant in charge of research and development. He held a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and had done graduate work in criminal justice administration. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Cameron served briefly as interim chief in Fort Lupton, Colo., at the request of the Department of Justice and the Fort Lupton City Council...

Her lucky number

      Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but apparently not for Gwen Deurell, the new chief of police in Canterbury, N.H., a 13-year law enforcement veteran who was chosen by town officials in May from a field of 13 applicants.
      She is the second woman to become a full-time police chief in the state. The first, Pauline Field of the Lyme Police Department, assumed command last August. There are also two female part-time chiefs in New Hampshire: Ann Emerson of Chichester and Rosemary Gossfeld in Errol...

LA law, part 1

      San Bernardino, Calif., Police Chief Lee Dean will be putting an end to a 30-year career in law enforcement in September when he leaves the agency to practice law in Los Angeles.
      “My intent is to leave with my reputation intact,” said Dean, who in recent months has run afoul of City Attorney Jim Penman over the department’s handling of parolee matters. Law enforcement and state correctional authorities in March had retreated from a previously announced cap on the number of parolees allowed to reside in San Bernardino...

LA law, part 2

      Described by city officials as a positive force in the community and as an icon, San Fernando, Calif., Police Chief Dominick Rivetti retired this month to take a job with the district attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
      The 52-year-old Rivetti began his career with the San Fernando force as a patrolman in 1970 and was named chief in 1986. City Manager John Ornelas said Rivetti’s community policing program deserves credit for effecting a 50-percent decline in violent crime documented over the past five years by the FBI and the California Crime Index...

Heroes’ welcome

      As a New York City police officer who patrolled neighborhoods in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan that were terrorized by drug dealers, he was known as the “Little Powerhouse.” On Oct. 18, 1988, Officer Michael Buczek and his partner, Joseph Barbato, confronted two suspicious males loitering in the lobby of a building where they had just finished responding to a call. After attempting to identify the suspects, one drew a firearm and fatally shot Buczek in the chest.
      Buczek’s story is just one of those that were recounted at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s second annual Heroes’ Night, which honors fallen officers...

Museum pieces

      The National Association of Police Organizations this month honored two Republican lawmakers for introducing and working to secure passage of legislation to establish a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.
      Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Representative Joel Hefley, both of Colorado, were the recipients of the Congressional Awards that were presented May 10 at NAPO’s 2001 Legal Rights and Legislative Seminar. Citing the legislators’ “commitment to America’s law enforcement officers and their families,” NAPO executive director Robert T. Scully said, “The National Law Enforcement Museum they have helped to establish will recognize these officers’ incredible record of service and sacrifice and will foster a better understanding and appreciation of the law enforcement mission.”..