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Vol. XXVIII, No. 569, 570 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY January 15/31, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: From FOP to the top; prime Meridian; coming full circle; the power of a hug; Oliver’s travels; just call him “Dave.”
Truth decay: NJ troopers admit to lying in Turnpike shooting case.
The face is familiar: British cops hope to use biometric technology to ID child-porn victims.
Record numbers: Does NYC’s homicide total for 2001 deserve an asterisk?
Unfit for duty? Some Omaha cops were hired without doctor’s physicals.
Federal File: Criminal justice developments at the federal level.
Unavailable for comment: Interviews with Middle Easterners in Michigan aren’t going as well as expected.
Two-way street: Kentucky judges makes waves with ruling on protection orders.
Tough medicine: New Mexico has a new prescription for chronic DUI’s.
Let the sun shine in: San Antonio use-of-force reports aren’t confidential, a judge rules.
Forum: A new way of doing business at NIJ; rethinking community policing.
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

 People & Places

From FOP to the top

     Gilbert Gallegos, a veteran law-enforcement officer who retired from municipal policing in Albuquerque in 1988, returned in December to lead the agency where he cut his teeth more than 37 years ago.

      An original member of the department’s police union and a founder of the Chicano Police Officers Association, Gallegos joined his hometown force in 1964 and had an eventful career. In 1975, Gallegos was one of the so-called “Seven Sergeants” who joined with more than 340 patrol officers in the only strike in the department’s history. Accusing the city of lying about how much money it had for raises, Gallegos was busted back to patrolman for his involvement...

Prime Meridian

     The unification of a department divided over money-related issues, among other problems, tops the agenda of the new police chief in Meridian, Miss., Benny Dubose.

      Dubose, 47, accepted the post this month after serving on an interim basis since the departure of former Chief Gregg Lewis in July. The first black to lead the agency, Dubose was named chief by Mayor John Robert Smith on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day...

Full circle

     For James B. Comey, the new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, returning to the city means coming full circle, back to the office where he began his career as a federal prosecutor in 1987.

      Comey, 41, served six years as executive assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He succeeds Mary Jo White, under whose leadership the New York office had made prosecuting terrorism its primary focus. Beginning with the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, White’s office convicted three dozen terrorists, through guilty pleas and six major trials. In 1998, her office indicted Osama bin Laden, and there are still five men in New York and in Great Britain expected to be tried on charges that they conspired with bin Laden in terrorism...

Hug power

     Listening to Aurora, Colo.’s new police chief talk about the satisfaction he gets from his encounters with citizens, one might be tempted to think that Ricky Bennett is in law enforcement for the warm fuzzies. Said the 22-year agency veteran: “You just can’t underestimate the hug from a kid or the handshake from a father who says thanks for taking care of my wife and kids in that accident.”

      But it wasn’t always about that, as Bennett will admit. At his job interview in February 1980, he admitted to Sgt. Gary Davis, who hired him as an undercover narcotics officer, that someday he was going to be police chief. “That’s a direct quote,” he said...

Oliver’s travels

      Richmond, Va., Police Chief Jerry Oliver is leaving the city he helped turn around during his tenure for another jurisdiction, one which could use his proven ability to bring down crime and transform a police department.

      Oliver was sworn in as Detroit’s new chief on Jan. 8, but was not expected to assume command of the agency until Feb. 4. With 951,270 residents, Detroit has nearly five times the population of Richmond and roughly six times its murder rate, with 400 committed in the Motor City last year. Moreover, the Police Department is the target of a federal probe looking into police shootings, illegal detention of homicide witnesses, and deaths while in custody...

Still just ‘Dave’

      David Allan Brame, a law-enforcement veteran and Tacoma Police Department insider, has been chosen by city officials to succeed James Hairston as police chief.

      Brame, 43, assumed command of the department on Jan. 14. Promoted to assistant chief in 1999, he managed the Operations Bureau, which includes all patrol functions and has a budget of $22.5 million. During his 20 years on the force, Brame has also commanded the criminal investigations division and the internal affairs unit commander, among other assignments.