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Vol. XXIX, No. 593 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 14, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Case dismissed; understudy’s starring role; outgoing chief’s a Green Bay packer; Ken-do spirit in Ohio; Louisville’s merger manager; larger than life.
For shame! Raleigh will give johns a taste of notoriety.
Falling short: Domestic security duties take a toll on arrests & clearances for Florida agency.
Going mobile: Cyber-crime training takes wing in northern Illinois.
Federal File: A roundup of criminal justice developments at the federal level.
All hands on deck: Milwaukee rolls out new thrust against domestic violence.
What do you know? When it comes to violent deaths, less than you might hope. That could change.
You scratch my back.... Cross-deputization works in Montana.
Cyber-post office wall: Outstanding warrants take their place on the Internet.
Information, please: Not all Maine cops comply with open-records law.
Uneasy feeling: Grand Rapids cops move grudgingly toward sensitivity training.
Forum: Homeland security — safety in numbers; handling the news media.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Case dismissed

     The city of Houston got its police chief back this month after a judge threw out an aggravated perjury charge brought against Clarence Bradford involving the alleged use of profanity.

     Bradford was indicted on Sept. 6 after discrepancies surfaced in a disciplinary case that also centered on the use of foul language by a supervisor. In a hearing last May, Bradford testified that he had never used profanity with subordinates. The statement was later contradicted by the department’s executive assistant chief [see LEN, Sept. 30, 2002]...

Starring role

     For the first time in Santa Fe history, a woman will lead the police department in the New Mexico capital.

     City officials selected veteran officer Beverly Lennen in January to replace John Denko, who became the state’s new secretary of public safety. She will inherit a department that is a far cry from the one Denko found when he took over in 1991. At that point, Santa Fe was suffering from low morale, budget problems and labor disputes. He is credited with stabilizing the force...

Time to go

     Thinking he would retire five years into the job of police chief of Green Bay, Wis., but hoping he would stay eight to 10 years, James Lewis is splitting the difference and leaving after seven years and 26 days.

     “There are some things I promised I would do, so I stayed a couple of years longer than I expected,” he told The Associate Press...

Ken-do spirit

     A 29-year veteran trooper who rose through the ranks to become superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kenneth L. Morckel (right) assumed the cabinet-level position of director of the state Department of Public Safety on Jan. 13.

     Morckel has headed the patrol since June 2000. He also chaired a key committee on the Ohio Security Task Force, an agency created by Gov. Bob Taft following Sept. 11. As director of public safety, Morckel will oversee more than 3,900 employees in the highway patrol, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management Agency and the Public Safety Investigative Unit...

Merger manager

     Responsibility for healing the racial divisions in Metro Louisville, Ky., and creating a new consolidated police force will not rest solely on the shoulders of the jurisdiction’s new police chief, but officials concede that they did select Robert C. White because of his successful track record in that area.

     White is a veteran law enforcement officer who served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. until his retirement in 1995. As first director of public safety for the District of Columbia Housing Authority, White created a new police force from scratch...

Larger than life

     Some Glendale, Calif., cops may be disappointed that the memorial in front of their agency’s new headquarters will not depict an officer holding the hand of a child, yet still others believe that the less traditional work created by a world-renowned sculptor will stand up better to the test of time.

     The 12-foot bronze is meant to express the “larger than life” work that police do in the community, said the artist, the celebrated M.L. Snowden (right). Her piece depicts a man fending off a chaotic attack, while at the same time, reaching out in a sympathetic gesture. The pose shows the duality of law enforcement’s role, she told The (Los Angeles) Daily News...