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Vol. XXVII, No. 566 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 30, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
A wedding in the works? Consultant backs merger in Wyoming.
Moto-photos: A CD-ROM “mug shot book” of cars makes its debut.
Red flags: Albuquerque PD rolls out early-warning system for troubled cops.
Playing with blocks: Phone service warns DWIs of police roadblocks.
People & Places: Kelly’s back in town; a change of plans; Galvin’s a goner; vertical mobility; making his voice heard; an outsider’s view.
In? Out? In? Out? Another overhaul is in store for the D.C. homicide unit.
Four-year plan: Milwaukee trims the term of office for police chiefs.
Money on the line: Fed funds are at stake over Megan’s Laws.
Broader horizons: Cincinnati will start looking outside for police chiefs.
Papers, please: Terrorism investigation focuses on college campuses.
Pitching in: S. Carolina A-G wants police cross-deputized as INS agents.
Cleaning up: Moving in after druggies move out.
Crime for the ages: Age matters when it comes to domestic violence.
Forum: Getting the drop on street gangs & terrorists.
Criminal Justice Library: Tony Bouza speaks his mind, like it or not.
Forcing the issue: More bad news for a beleaguered county force.
Attaboy: Poll finds public backing for Providence PD.

 People & Places

Back for more

      Raymond W. Kelly, a familiar and reassuring presence to many New Yorkers who remain shaken in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will be returning to his old job as the city’s police commissioner, a post he held during the early 1990s.
      Kelly, 60, is believed to be the first person in New York police history to serve as commissioner in nonconsecutive administrations. As police commissioner for 14 months during the administration of Mayor David Dinkins, Kelly led the NYPD during the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. In an interview prior to Kelly’s appointment on Nov. 13, Mayor-elect Michael R. Bloomberg praised Kelly’s résumé and called him “my adviser on public service for a long time.”..

Change of plans

      As a song by John Lennon has observed, life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans. Perhaps that’s just how the script played out for retiring Avon, Conn., Police Chief James Martino Jr., who had originally joined the force thinking he would become a juvenile court officer one day.
      Martino, who ended up spending 40 years with the department — nearly half of those as chief — was fresh out of the Army when he joined the force in 1961. A Korean War veteran, he really wanted to become a juvenile court officer, but needed five years of police experience to be considered, so he signed on with the first police department that offered him a job...

Photo finish

      Each day on the job, Albuquerque Police Chief Jerry Galvin is reminded of the tenuousness of his position as a political appointee as the photos of all of his predecessors stare down at him from the wall. Now Galvin’s photo will be joining them.
      With the defeat of Mayor Jim Baca on Oct. 2, Galvin is out. As is common in Albuquerque, the new mayor, Martin Chavez, will choose his own chief when he takes office on Dec. 1. But the 59-year-old Galvin is not ready to leave law enforcement...

Vertical mobility

      In the nearly eight years that Richard Pennington has served as superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, he has formed a management team that will be able to maintain the vast improvements that are his legacy to the agency, observers said this month.
      Pennington has taken a leave of absence to run for mayor in the Feb. 2 election. But even if he loses, it is unlikely that his rival will renew his contract when it runs out in May...

Blue notes

      His tenor voice has enthralled crowds at Yankee Stadium, where New York City Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez has been a fixture since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now the city’s mayor has joined the singing cop in a duet to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy.
      Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will read a rare four-line introduction to a rendition of “God Bless America” that Rodriguez sings on a CD that was due out in time for Christmas. The CD single, which will also feature another song written specifically for it, is to be priced at $4, with all proceeds earmarked for the Twin Towers Fund...

In from outside

      The benefit to being an outsider is the fresh ideas one can bring to the table, and that is what Lakewood, Colo.’s new chief, Ronald Burns, has promised to do.
      A former police chief in Tempe, Ariz., and Kirkland, Wash., Burns was chosen by city officials this month from a field of seven finalists, including interim chief Gary Barbour, a captain and 29-year veteran of the force. A nationwide search was launched last year when Charles Johnston announced his retirement after 20 years in the position...