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Vol. XXVIII, No. 572 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 28, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Street-smart chief; hand-picked to succeed; off to the parks; holding pattern over New Jersey; time to say goodbye.
Attention-grabber: Maryland police volunteer is touted as a national model.
Big Apple-bound: Already an out-of-town success, 311 may be headed for its New York debut.
Strength in numbers: MColorado agencies pool efforts for state’s first computer-crime lab.
No laughing matter: Montana officials foil revolution plot by hapless militia group.
A buck for their troubles: Videotaped cops win lawsuit, but little in damages.
Up to the task? Study says state & local tech capabilities need anti-terror upgrades.
An exercise in fatality: North Carolina deputy kills soldier during Special Forces training.
Forum: dose of post-9/11 reality for public awareness & the war on terrorism.
Federal File: Anti-terrorism & homeland security developments at the federal level.
Defending the homeland: Anti-terror plans take shape for states & localities.

 People & Places

Street smarts

      He may be the chief of police, but Santa Fe’s John Denko is still just a regular cop when it comes to stopping suspected drunken drivers.

      The 60-year-old Denko this month physically pulled Allen B. Paquin of Jemez Pueblo out of his 1992 Ford Tempo and wrestled him to the ground, holding him until a back-up officer could arrive on the scene. Denko spotted Paquin while patrolling the city, as he likes to do everyday...


      Cheektowaga, N.Y., Police Chief Bruce D. Chamberlin will be turning over the reins at the end of February to Lieut. Christine M. Ziemba, one of the first women to join the force more than two decades ago and his hand-picked assistant on matters involving racial profiling.

      Chamberlin is a 31-year veteran who has led the agency for 12 years. Nationally recognized for his handling of biased-policing issues, he was a founding member in 1995 of the Law Enforcement and Diversity team, a partnership between the Erie County Chiefs of Police Association and the National Conference on Community and Justice, whose mission was to promote better relations between police and minorities. The collaboration led to a training program, “Law Enforcement and Diversity in the Community,” which instructed officers on how to deal with car stops and racial profiling. [See LEN, Sept. 15, 1999...]

Off to the parks

      Durham, N.C., is losing its police chief to the U.S. Park Police.

      Theresa Chambers, who has led the Durham force since January 1998, is the first woman to head the 800-member federal agency. A unit of the National Park Service, the Park Police has jurisdiction in all National Park Service areas and some other federal and state lands, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It traces its origins to a detachment of “Park Watchmen” created in the District of Columbia in 1791, making it the nation’s second-oldest law-enforcement agency, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior...

Holding pattern

      While New Jersey lawmakers consider his nomination as head of the State Police, Newark Police Director Joseph Santiago has taken a temporary post with the state attorney general’s office, as a special assistant in charge of monitoring the state police and developing its anti-terrorism strategy.

      Santiago, 54, will officially resign his Newark post on March 1. His nomination by Gov. Jim McGreevey in January proved instantly controversial, with critics citing such factors as a past that includes brushes with the law, and the fact that he would be yet another outsider to run the insular state police.

Time for goodbye

      No decision has yet been made by San Antonio officials on which of three candidates will be selected to lead the city’s police department once Chief Al Philippus retires on March 31.

      All candidates come from within the agency’s ranks and entered the department within a three-year period in the early 1970s. Assistant Chief Albert Ortiz is considered by many to be Philippus’s heir apparent. Even before promoting him to his current rank three years ago, Philippus put Ortiz in charge of the department’s day-to-day operations. Still, officials insist that all of the candidates are strong. The others are deputy chiefs Tyrone Powers and Jerry Pittman.