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Vol. XXVIII, No. 585 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: The plot thickens; a man of action; chief’s birthday greetings; no glass ceiling in Albany; sources of concern; innovative, but nothing radical.
Off the hook: Federal safety agency clears Ford in Crown Vic crashes.
Not going postal: State police will no longer take crime stats through the mail — only Internet.
Up in smoke: Waco PD eases policy on applicants’ pot-use history.
The 411 on 311: Austin likes its nonemergency phone line.
Heading for the exits: Hartford cops see red over sensitivity training.
New look: Neighborhood watch group adds to its post-9/11 mission.
A third alternative: Court programs target mentally ill defendants.
Let us spray: Buffalo to change policy over pepper spray misuse.
Last roll call: 2001 was a deadly year for police chiefs.
Denver blackout: Groups still see red over edited intelligence files.
Forum: More school resource officers, fewer Nintendos.
Criminal Justice Library: Lessons from 400 years’ experience as police executives; why good cops go wrong.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.investigations.

 People & Places

The plot thickens

     What seemed a straightforward case of a police chief being unable to comply with his jurisdiction’s residency rule and thus being forced to resign took on a new twist last month when Johnstown, Pa., officials revealed that William Clark was under investigation for accessing a pornographic Web site from his office.

     Clark abruptly quit on Sept. 24 after searching for a house for more than a year. He had apparently been unable to find a home with enough property for his hunting dogs. Clark had been given two six-month extensions by the City Council, but departed before officials were to consider his request for a waiver or further extension...



Man of action

     Police have all sorts of hobbies: Some carve cabinets, some even carve coffins, and apparently, some even whittle miniature action figures.

     “It’s kind of a stress reliever,” said Dubuque, Iowa, Police Officer Pablo Ramirez, who has been selling some of his works on eBay, as well as to fellow officers...

Birthday greetings

     Turning the West Linn, Ore., Police Department into one in which community policing is not just a philosophy but a practical reality is the mission of its new chief, John Ellison, who began work last month.

     “It was quite a birthday gift,” said Ellison, whose first day as chief, Sept. 3, happened to be his birthday. “Seriously, for me, this job is a new change and a new challenge. And we’ve got a great bunch of people here.”...

No glass ceiling

     For the first time in its history, the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany has named a woman as dean, criminologist Julie Horney, whose appointment was announced in June.

     “We are absolutely delighted with Dr. Julie Horney’s appointment as dean of criminal justice,” said campus Provost Carlos Santiago. “Her professional reputation, experience, and skills all contribute to the quality of the university’s distinguished criminal justice program, already a recognized leader in the profession nationally and internationally.”...

Source of concern

     A reporter for The Associated Press was fired last month after the news service could not verify the existence of sources he used in a story about the National Crime Victimization Survey and its findings of declining crime rates.

     The AP received inquiries after the Sept. 8 article by Christopher Newton about a “Ralph Myers” of Stanford University, and a “Bruce Fenmore of the Institute for Crime and Punishment in Chicago.” When Newton was questioned by three crime experts and a reporter for The New York Times, the matter was turned over to the reporter’s editor...

Nothing radical

     While he has been described as an innovative leader and independent thinker by city officials and subordinates, the new police chief of South Bend, Ind., Tom Fautz, said he does not foresee any radical changes for the department he took command of last month.

     Fautz replaced retiring chief Larry Bennett, who was named director of security for the St. Joseph County Public Library. Bennett served the police department for 33 years, three of those as its chief...