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Vol. XXVIII, No. 587 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 15, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: A class act; “aloha” to Chin Ho; cover for Karzai; for God & country; red hot polka; Montana road warrior; blue-blooded cop.
Awaiting the wave: Houston PD fears surge of retirements in 2004.
Palm reading: Getting the goods on criminals from their electronic organizers.
Who are those guys? A face-recognition surveillance system sits idle.
Cash on the barrel: Chicago tries bonuses as fitness incentive.
A handle on homicides: New Orleans, Kansas City reconfigure detective units.
Dispersal pattern: Seattle breaks up gang unit & other specialized squads.
No more handouts: Okla. officials sorry to see military surplus program end.
Heads-up: New systems warns cops of potential threats.
Hitting the brakes: Drag-Net unit in San Diego targets illegal street racing.
Customer consciousness: Tulsa PD to survey public perceptions.
Null & void: Voters say “no” to jury nullification.
Bad bargain: Tribal justice frustrated by an arrangement with the feds.
Escape hatch: War on terror could shrink military anti-drug role.
Forum: Defense-oriented law & a case for reversal.
Madison blues: Officials take a stand on profiling.
Endangered species: Term limits may sweep out Colorado DA’s.

 People & Places

Class act

     It took Wilkinsburg, Pa.’s new police chief, Richard M. Dwyer, four years to learn to be a teacher, but just 18 months to learn that he liked being a cop even more.

     Dwyer, 56, has a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University. While substitute teaching during the late 1960s, he also worked as a part-time officer for the Edgewood Police Department...

Bidding “aloha”

     Kam Fong Chun, the actor and former Honolulu police officer who played Detective Chin Ho Kelly on the television series “Hawaii Five-0,” said aloha to this mortal coil last month at the age of 84. The cause of death was lung cancer.

     Chun, who legally changed his name, shortening it to Fong, served as a real-life Honolulu police officer for 16 years before quitting the force in 1959. After appearing in local TV and movies, including “Gidget Goes Hawaiian,” he became a regular on “Hawaii Five-0” from 1968 until 1978. When the CBS program went off the air in 1980 after 12 years, it was the longest-running police show in television history...

Providing cover

     A member of the Pocatello, Idaho, Police Department with extensive military training in counter-terrorism, Glen Boodry was deployed this month as part of a cadre of U.S. soldiers who will protect Afghanistan leader Hamid Karzai — an assignment that could last from several months to several years.

      several months to several years. “We’re sorry to see him go for that period of time, but when the U.S. government needs you, you’ve got to go,” said Police Chief Ed Guthrie...

God & country

     To make sure they are following their own policy concerning sexual abuse by priests, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops this month appointed the FBI’s third-highest-ranking official to head the newly created Office for Child and Youth Protection.

     Kathleen L. McChesney, 51, was one of the bureau’s first female agents and was in the initial wave of women hired as patrol officers by the King County Police Department in her hometown of Seattle. After joining the FBI in 1978, McChesney rose to second-in-command of its field offices in Los Angeles and Detroit, and became only the second women to head a bureau field division when she was named special agent in charge of the Portland, Ore., office...

Dance fever

     Perhaps better known to the polka-loving world as Jerry White, band leader and Detroit police officer Gerald Wojtalewicz was inducted this month into the Michigan State Polka Hall of Fame.

     “I’ve been to banquets before, and usually there’s about 500 people there,” he said. “Being inducted wasn’t really something I was striving for, but it’s a great honor.

Blue blood

     If anyone can follow in the footsteps of outgoing Scituate, Mass., police chief Thomas Neilen, it will be veteran officer Brian Stewart, according to city officials who swore him in last month.

     The 55-year-old Stewart has been acting chief since August. A member of an old Scituate family with police blue in their veins, Stewart’s grandfather, Michael E. Stewart, served as the town’s chief for 23 years before retiring in 1949. His nephew and cousin, both named Michael, are members of the force. And the badge that Brian Stewart will wear belonged to his grandfather, who wore it in 1911 when he was chief of police in Bridgewater...