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Vol. XXVIII, No. 579 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Radio run; new tune for Fyfe; heavy lifting; a cop’s animal instincts; now you see them, now you don’t.
Not so fast: Graduation for some recruits held up over curriculum questions.
Saudi duty: Richmond academy trains Arab police supervisors.
Making a difference: Having the right volunteer helps small agency computerize.
Preemptive strike: Illinois agencies to begin testing for steroids.
Sounding off: Excerpts from FBI agent’s whistle-blowing memo to Mueller.
Ground-level views. Local agencies react to changes in the FBI’s mission.
Common cause: Cops, doctors share perspectives on dealing with violence.
No home-field advantage: Even in LA, DARE’s fate is up in the air.
11th-hour reprieve: Montana HP pact with tribe gets an extension & review.
All there in black & white: Recent developments related to racial profiling.
Image-consciousness: Did racial profiling concerns hold back the FBI?
Forum: Big Brother is watching; practicing realism, not racism.
Silk purse: Canada pig farm holds clues to serial killings.
Time flies: NYPD’s controversial “48-hour rule” may be on its last legs.
Outside look: Two agencies to get a once-over from DoJ unit.
Card-carrying Mexicans: More cities accept ID cards issued by consulate.

 People & Places

Radio run

      While radio shock-jock Howard Stern may not be looking over his shoulder yet, Annapolis, Md.’s newest drive-time personality, Officer Hal Dalton, is apparently winning a legion of fans who tune in each morning to hear the audio police blotter and his gently humorous take on it.

      “It’s exploding,” Lieut. Robert E. Beans told The Baltimore Sun. “Officer Dalton has quite a following.”...

Holding hands

      As head of the FBI’s newly established Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, Louis Quijas goes from being police chief of High Point, N.C., to the bureau’s new point man in its efforts to improve communication among state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies.

      Quijas, a 29-year police veteran, is a member of the national executive committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In his new role with the FBI, he will be the principal point of contact between the bureau and the IACP and other organizations, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Major Cities’ Chiefs Association...

Fyfe’s new tune

      Atop the priority list for James Fyfe, the New York City Police Department’s new director of training — beyond doing more with less and ensuring that in-service personnel know what’s involved in the specialized assignments they may have — is getting police ready for their part in the fight against terrorism, a role they have not played since World War II.

      The 50-year-old Fyfe had barely settled into a new job as distinguished professor of law, police science and criminal justice administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, when he was hand-picked for the training post by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. A 16-year veteran of the NYPD with a Ph.D. in criminal justice, Fyfe retired in 1979 as a lieutenant and went on to an academic and research career. He is the author of seven books, scores of articles and book chapters, and is a nationally recognized expert on the use of force and other police practices...

Pressing concern

      At 6-foot-1, 267 pounds, Creek County, Okla., Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Murrell is so big, he doesn’t have to fight.

      Murrell, 26, recently won top honors at the World Association of Benchpressers and Dead Lifters when he bench-pressed 473 pounds. Named outstanding lifter in the 275-pound division, he also took first place in Class 1 and in the law enforcement and fire division...

Animal instincts

      Despite their feathers, fur and scales, the “urban misfits” who share a home with Ulrike Neitch are pretty tame for a bunch of exotic snakes, birds, spiders and assorted lizards.

      Neitch, a Milwaukie, Ore., school resource officer, began her second career as den mother to these strays several years ago after volunteering to take home a large snake that had been found in a McDonald’s parking lot by Clackamas County law enforcement officers. Since then, her menagerie has grown to include a tarantula, half a dozen birds, a 145-pound Burmese python, a 9-foot boa, and a 17-pound iguana...