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Vol. XXVII, No. 556 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 31, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Napoleon’s farewell; 100-grand reward; busted by the boss; the old switcheroo; kids’ heroes.
Saying “no” to pot: Canada cops’ group rejects growing liberalization movement.
Spit happens: The problem of restaurant workers tainting cops’ food.
Comings & Goings: Now you see them, now you don’t.
On the carpet: Baltimore PC gets grilled over removal of top black cops.
Shuffling the deck: LAPD tries new ways to stanch a manpower shortage.
In the clear: LAPD Chief Parks is off the hook over actions in Rampart scandal.
Something to sniff at: Drug K9’s reliability is called into question.
Under a cloud: DEA is dogged by shady informants, shaky data.
Test patterns: Oklahoma City cops seek clues through a DNA dragnet.
Too good to be true: Mass. town says “no thanks” to college-for-cops program.
Cyber-spooks in training: College grants hope to produce new generation of computer security specialists.
Forum: Learning online, or up close & personal.
Good thing in a small package: Palm-sized minicomputers take hold in policing.

 People & Places

That’s all, folks

      Detroit Police Chief Benny Napoleon will be taking early retirement in July, prompted, he said, by Mayor Dennis Archer’s decision not to seek re-election this year and not because he is being pushed out of office.
      “I’m not running away from anybody or anything,” the 26-year veteran said at a news conference in front of police headquarters on May 21...

Grand reward

      Rarely does a simple act of kindness pay off as literally and as handsomely as it did for the Clackamas County, Ore., Sheriff’s Department this month, when a couple donated $100,000 to the agency in the aftermath of a burglary scare.
      Responding to a call last year of a burglary in progress, Deputy Bill Lanier found a distraught woman outside her home. He checked inside with dogs, but found nothing. Over the next few days, however, he called the woman and her husband to check on them and offer crime prevention and security tips. For the 20-year veteran officer, it was strictly routine...

Busted by the boss

      If you’re going to succumb to road rage, it’s usually best not to do it in front of the town’s top cop.
      Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris made an arrest on May 17 after he witnessed a passenger in a limousine get out and slug another motorist while stuck in rush-hour traffic...

The old switcheroo

      In a surprising move this month, Elkhart, Ind., Mayor Dave Miller removed Larry Kasa as police chief and replaced him with his second-in-command, Pam Westlake, who is now believed to be the first and only woman to hold such a rank in the state.
      Westlake, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, said she was as taken aback as anyone by Miller’s decision. “It was a surprise and it was my choice to put the prior chief in as assistant chief,” she told Law Enforcement News, noting that Kasa will now serve as her assistant chief. “That was up to me and it’s worked real well. I think it was just the mayor’s prerogative on who he wanted to take the lead, even though we were both in office as chief and assistant chief for about a year and a half now.”..

Doing it for the kids
Missing children’s center honors law enforcers

      A New Jersey state trooper who risked his own safety last year to rescue an infant stolen by her mentally unstable babysitter was honored in Washington, D.C., on May 23 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
      The case for which Detective Sgt. Stanley Molnar was presented with one of the organization’s 2001 National Missing Children’s Awards began in Easton, Md., on May 31, 2000. Molnar, a 23-year veteran assigned to the agency’s Missing Persons Unit, received a call from an investigator with the missing children’s center. Nine-month-old Nadiya Maddox had been reported missing by her mother, Linda Harris, who had driven to the home of the child’s babysitter, Rondell Wilson, only to find them both gone, along with Wilson’s possessions...