Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVIII, Nos. 581, 582 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July/August 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Going, going, not gone; magnetic Compass; Palmer’s one regret; African adventure; Parker’s new challenge; cop wants you sauced; Earl change.
The party’s over: UCR sees reversal in crime decline.
Bad-neighbor policy: Side effects of college binge drinking.
A new look: Changes OK’d in federal death benefits for cops.
Cold cases on the menu: Society of sleuths tackles frustrating cases.
Virtual education: CJ master’s degree is now online.
Now you see them, now you don’t: Changes in police leadership.
Goodbye, cruel world: Training cops to respond to animal abuse.
A better mousetrap: Improved DNA method holds promise.
Radical surgery: Britain responds to rising violent crime with plans for sweeping change.
LEN interview: North Miami Beach, Fla., Police Chief Bill Berger, president of the IACP.
Forum: Wake up, policing, the honeymoon is over; Mr. Magoo vs. the terrorists.
Criminal Justice Library: Policing’s impact on domestic violence, and vice versa; the idiot’s guide to wiseguys.

 People & Places

Like he never left

     After a two-week vacation, a rested — and retired — Reuben Greenberg went back to work on July 22 as police chief of Charleston, S.C.

      Greenberg took advantage of a retirement system that allows him to receive a percentage of his $119,380 salary as a retirement benefit while continuing on the job. It’s a win-win situation for the city, said Police Maj. Herb Whetsell. Charleston gets to keep its experienced employees and those employees get what amounts to a big raise...

Magnetic Compass

      Vowing never to forget his “street cop” roots, the new police superintendent of New Orleans, Capt. Eddie Compass, was introduced to the public in May just 20 minutes after learning he got the job.

      A 23-year veteran, Compass was selected by Mayor Ray Nagin over a number of superior officers, including Deputy Chief Mitchell Dusset and Assistant Superintendent Duane Johnson, who ran the department while former superintendent Richard Pennington was making his run for mayor...

Just one regret

     If there is one regret Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer has now that he is leaving the force he has led for the past decade, it is that he was not able to convince city officials that entering into a federal consent decree was a bad idea. That agreement, which was proposed earlier this year to end a lawsuit brought by black officers in 1998, is emblematic of the type of strife that Palmer had been brought on board to end. And he believes that, for the most part, he has been successful.

      Palmer served his last day as chief on July 3, a month short of 10 years after he had been hired to “stop the bleeding,” he said. He started his career in Kansas City, Mo., then spent two years as chief in Portsmouth, Va., before being tapped to head the Tulsa force in 1992. At the time, Drew Diamond had resigned as chief amid a no-confidence vote from the police union and complaints that his community-policing theories were soft on crime. On the other hand, many black officers felt Diamond had been unfairly pushed out...

Packing his bags

     An Iowa police academy instructor will be teaching Western crime-fighting methods and American-style policing to a state police force of 140,000 members in Nigeria for the next six months.

      Mike Nehring, a former Des Moines officer and instructor at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, was chosen by the Department of Justice for the mission. It will be his second overseas assignment. In 2000, Nehring was sent to Kosovo for six months...

Up to the challenge

     After having whipped a demoralized East St. Louis, Ill., Police Department into shape nearly a decade ago, the new chief of Richmond, Va., Andre Parker, is ready to take whatever the city has to offer.

     Parker was a lieutenant colonel with the Illinois State Police in 1993 when he was asked to work a miracle in East St. Louis. One of the most violent cities in the nation, with 54 homicides that year in a population or 41,000, East St. Louis police had few sidearms and fewer vehicles. They often bought their own handguns and a labor dispute left some working for nothing...

Heavenly sauce

     By all indications, Troy’s Treasure, a barbecue sauce, will soon break out of New Jersey and into the national consciousness. But until then, its creator is keeping his day job as a Cherry Hill police officer.

      Troy Oglesby, 39, has always been an entrepreneur. Working his way through college at DePaul University at a friend’s uniform store, he opened his own police supply shop in Camden when he returned to his home state. In addition to the barbecue sauce, Oglesby also operates a steakhouse in Camden.

Earl change

     His tenure may only last 18 months until the city’s next mayor takes office, but San Francisco’s new police chief Earl Sanders believes it will be enough to get done what needs to be done. After all, he’s had 38 years to dream about the job.

      An assistant chief under chief Fred Lau for six years, and before that a homicide inspector, Sanders was named to the top post on July 11 by Mayor Willie Brown. Brown’s term, however, runs out in January 2004, which could leave Sanders, who serves at the mayor’s pleasure, out of a job in less than two years. Still, he said, “I’ve been thinking about his job for years. It’s a dream come true.”..