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Vol. XXVII, No. 563 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Mass. exodus; pitbull wanted; Bush’s man; St. Pete repeat; tops at COPS; executive Chambers.
Gimme some skin: Palm prints lend investigators a helping hand.
Bad harvest: Miami cops plant guns, reap troubles.
Anybody home? While the homeowner’s away, Largo cops are checking on the house.
A bear market: Storefront police stations are no wholesale success.
Now more than ever: E-911 systems, with their cell phone-tracking capability, are urgently needed, but the industry isn’t ready.
Bad news, worse news: Observers say an ongoing scandal in an upstate New York city is no surprise.
Youth shall be served: Greensboro first four police cadets are off to college.
Forum: When is racial profiling okay?
Six months down: The number of police deaths is up sharply in just the first half of this year — and that doesn’t include the World Trade Center death toll.
Revised forecast: Are Americans changing their tune on racial profiling?

 People & Places

Mass. exodus

      The city of Raleigh, N.C., got its first female police chief last month when Jane Perlov assumed command of the police department after leaving the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety, which she led for three years.
      One of her first orders of business, said the 44-year-old Perlov, will be to order security assessments in the North Carolina capital following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., that occurred just a week before she was sworn in on Sept. 17. The assessments, said Perlov, will examine security at municipal buildings, the department’s readiness to respond to terrorism, rapid response plans, training and communication...

Pitbull wanted

      East St. Louis, Ill., Police Chief J.W. Cowan was replaced last month by Sgt. Delbert Marion, a former police union president and director of the department’s internal affairs division.
      The switch was ordered by City Manager Harvey E. Henderson, who has the authority to make appointments under a new contract approved by East St. Louis’s state-imposed financial oversight committee...

Bush’s man

      Richard R. Nedelkoff, President Bush’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 14.
      It will not be the first time Nedelkoff and Bush have worked together. Prior to his new post, Nedelkoff served for three years as executive director of the Criminal Justice Division for the Office of the Governor of Texas, where he ran an agency that provides more than $140 million in state and federal funds for juvenile justice, criminal justice and victims services...

St. Pete repeat

      When Mack Vines stepped down as police chief of St. Petersburg, Fla., 21 years ago, he was in the vanguard of a new generation of young police executives, on his way to leadership positions in a variety of other local and federal agencies. On Oct. 5, the former chief, now 63, returned to lead the St. Petersburg agency once again.
      It was a gut decision, said Mayor Rick Baker, who chose Vines last month from a pool of four finalists. “Whether it was calm or crisis, who would I feel had the experience, background, knowledge and temperament?” Baker told The St. Petersburg Times. The answer that kept coming back, he said, was “Vines”...

Peed at COPS

      Carl Peed, the Virginia director of juvenile justice, was tapped last month by Attorney General John Ashcroft as the new head of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
      Praising Peed as a strong leader, Ashcroft said, “He did a fine job running the juvenile justice agency in Virginia and I know he will lead the COPS office with the same integrity and energy”...

Executive Chambers

      The National Association of Woman Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) selected Durham, N.C., Police Chief Theresa Chambers as its new president at its annual conference in August.
      NAWLEE, which has about 350 members nationwide, mentors female law enforcement personnel through the ranks of their departments by providing a network and support system, said Susan Kyzer, the organization’s treasurer, who is executive director of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation...