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Vol. XXVIII, No. 586 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 31, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: The ego has landed; a cure for what ails ‘em; the chiefs’ chief; the face is familiar; NJSP says so long, Santiago; two quick outs.
Risk assessment: Survey finds schools in heightened peril from terrorism.
Bank robbery fallout: Trooper’s traffic-stop mistake leads to his suicide.
Fires of outrage: Arson attacks target local anti-drug activists.
Stop the presses: Armed citizen patrols chase drug runners (and publicity) along the border.
Federal File: Criminal justice developments at the federal level.
Danger from behind: Another death from Crown Vic rear-end collision.
Hoping for the best: Houston PD wants productive ties to new Copwatch group.
Bumps & grinds: LA pickpocket squad reels in transit gropers.
Light reading: Some just can’t beat the local police blotter.
Homeland insecurity: Intimate partners prove deadly for women.
Forum: End-of-year nest-egg enhancement; controlling crime or explaining it, but not both.
Pot plot thickens: West Coast task forces face thorny questions from medical marijuana.
Shoots & leaders: Boston’s top cop takes lumps from union over shooting at moving cars.

 People & Places

The ego has landed

     Are police chiefs a bunch of arrogant so-and-sos with big egos? You bet. And that is exactly as it should be, according to Des Moines Chief William Moulder, who is retiring after 18 years leading the state’s largest municipal police force.

     The longest-serving chief in the history of the department, the 64-year-old Moulder began his career with the Kansas City, Mo., police in 1958 and continued there until 1984, when he was picked as chief in Des Moines. Along the way, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri in Kansas City...

A cure for their ills

     Schenectady, N.Y., officials believe they have found in Michael Geraci, deputy police chief in neighboring Colonie, the law enforcement leader who can turn the city’s troubled police department around.

     Geraci, 50, was sworn in on Sept. 10. His is the second appointment made by Mayor Albert Jurczysnki in an effort to fix an agency that has seen four of its 170 members sent to prison on corruption charges this year and its long-time chief demoted. This past summer, Daniel Boyle, a former deputy chief of the Syracuse Police Department, was named to the new post of public safety commissioner...

Chiefs’ chief

     Developing strategies that bring law enforcement and private sector security together in the fight against terrorism and forging stronger collaboration among police agencies in the furtherance of legislative goals are among the key initiatives planned by the new president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Richmond, Calif., Police Chief Joseph Samuels.

     “This is a great time to be a member of this noble profession,” Samuels said during his inaugural address at the IACP’s conference in Minneapolis this month. “From the seeds of despair created initially by the events of Sept. 11, can come gardens of hope. We are faced with extraordinary challenges but we are not ordinary people…. Law enforcement officers around the world have proven over and over again how we embrace the notion of public service in its ultimate form — personal sacrifice, so that others might live,” he said...

Familiar face

     Although they had a field of 24 applicants, town officials in Sanford, Maine, this month chose a familiar face as police chief.

     The Board of Selectman picked Maj. Thomas H. Jones, a 30-year veteran, on Oct. 15 to succeed John E. Granfield, who had served six years as chief before becoming town administrator last month...

So long, Santiago

     Despite a rocky start, it had seemed as though Joseph J. Santiago, the latest police executive to lead the fractious New Jersey State Police, was making some progress. But when reports surfaced this month of his alleged friendship with an organized-crime figure, among other issues, state officials decided to bid farewell to the agency’s third superintendent since 1998.

     Santiago, 55, stepped down in October. His departure was requested by Gov. James E. McGreevey, according to a source cited by The New York Times...

Quick outs

     Given a brief window of time in which to make changes, acting Providence, R.I., Mayor John Lombardi replaced the city’s public safety commissioner and ousted its interim police chief last month.

     Col. Richard Sullivan, who temporarily succeeded Urbano Prignano nearly two years ago after it emerged that the former chief prior helped some officers cheat on promotional exams, was demoted to his previous rank of major. Major Guido Laorenza, a 29-year veteran, was named chief in his place...