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Vol. XXVII, No. 561 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Fit as a fiddle: Giving deputies incentive to pass a physical.
Help is on the way: Federal funds to help clear a DNA backlog.
Talking the talk: Some cops preach gun safety without practicing it.
Warm bodies, Part 1: Denver PD may join a trend toward hiring non-citizens.
Taking action: Community cop gets his playground.
Payback time: Do federal actions on guns favor NRA over public safety?
People & Places: Nothing like a Dane; shining Knight; closer to home; vested interest; mixed reactions; Bach to basics; Mueller to head FBI, Hutchinson DEA, Bonner at Customs; no mere oversight.
They snoop to conquer: Michigan cops used data base to stalk, harass.
Moving back in: Feds reopen the Officer Next Door program.
Closed too soon: Cleared homicides may get a fresh look by cold-case squad.
Double whammy: Court OK’s federal trial for Indians after tribal court conviction.
Tangled web: Porno links sneak into PD web sites.
On hold: Undercover probes in jeopardy from Oregon bar’s ethics rule.
Warm bodies, Part 2: Depleted East St. Louis PD will have to “make do.” Plus, manpower developments from other departments.
Guilt by association: Lawsuit challenges zero-tolerance evictions in domestic violence cases.
Forum: Why not DNA testing for everyone? Why re-fund the COPS office?
Line ‘em up: Witness IDs will take on a new look in New Jersey.
Calling in the cavalry: Marshals join forces with Hartford cops.
An ounce of protection: Taking steps to save migrant lives.

 People & Places

Going out in style

      He was a character, a genius and the one of the world’s finest innovators in the field of crime fighting, according to no less a pair of observers than New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former police commissioner William J. Bratton, both of whom attended services last month for Jack Maple, the self-proclaimed “crookologist” whom many credit with the development of Compstat.
      Maple, 48, died on Aug. 4 of colon cancer. A Queens-born transit police officer, he rose “to nothing less than a nationally, internationally, recognized icon — the cop who cleaned up New York,” said Giuliani of the colorful, former police official...

Taking a bullet

      After pushing a deputy out of the line of fire, Lee County, Miss., Sheriff Harold Lee Presley took a fatal bullet in July during a shootout with a fugitive kidnapper who had refused to stop for a routine roadblock.
      Presley, 52, was the first cousin once removed of another (and more famous) Presley, Elvis. In fact, said deputies, they would know when their boss was in the building because he would pipe “Jailhouse Rock” or other hits by the King through the public address system. His death, they said, was a devastating blow...

Age is no barrier

      Neither age nor arthritis could keep 50-year-old Niagara Falls, N.Y., police recruit Thomas A. Volk from graduating with his 24-member academy class in July.
      Volk, a former volunteer firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Company, is not the oldest person ever to enter the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. That honor goes to a 51-year-old graduate from the class of 1984. But he may well be the last person in his sixth decade to do so...

Going out in style

      Faced with the likelihood of replacement after the next mayoral election, Allentown, Pa., Police Chief Carl Held retired in August to become deputy director of the Lehigh County Department of Emergency Management.
      Held was appointed chief in 1999 after serving 25 years with the agency. Now, at the age of 50, he said he was not sure how many more opportunities would be coming his way...

Going out in style

      When Fresno’s new chief, Jerry Dyer, remarked during his swearing-in ceremony last month that law enforcement is under enormous public scrutiny today, he spoke from personal experience.
      A veteran Fresno officer, Dyer, 42, served as assistant chief under Ed Winchester. Shortly after city officials chose him for the post, The Fresno Bee reported that Dyer had twice faced internal affairs investigations. As an officer in his 20s, Dyer had been accused of engaging in illegal sex with a 16-year-old. He has steadfastly refused to confirm or deny the allegations, and no charges were ever filed...

Hitting the road

      New Orleans’ No. 2 police official, Ronal Serpas, became the No. 1 law enforcement official some 3,000 miles to the northwest in August when he assumed command of the 2,100-member Washington State Patrol.
      Serpas, 41, served with the New Orleans Police Department for 21 years. Rising through the ranks, he was appointed assistant police superintendent and chief of operations in 1996, the post he will be leaving. During that time, Serpas burnished his reputation for integrity by helping to clean up the notoriously corrupt agency and establishing a merit-based promotional system...