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Vol. XXIX, Nos. 595, 596 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 15/31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Then there was Nunn; NJSP goes to the doctor; standing tall; going back to school; a sense of mission; all clear in SF.
Credit to the profession: Mass. rethinks higher education for cops.
School pictures The growing appeal of real-time video surveillance.
Seeing red over Amber: Could an alert have saved Nebraska teen?
Tell it to the police: Violent crime reporting rate improves.
Moonlight blues: Denver wrestles with comp-time abuse.
Killer at large: Methadone is proving deadly.
Calling off the search: CHP agrees to alter traffic-stop practice.
Safety last: Dallas’s problems with the Crown Vic appear unabated.
Wartime on the homefront: A photo essay.
More less-than-lethal: Santa Ana rethinks the beanbag round.
Property values: Oregon court reconsiders seizure limits.
Clueless in Seattle: Do police fail to take missing-person reports seriously?
It’s official: Supreme Court settles “three-strikes” question.
Sudden impact: NYPD rookies get right into the mix.
Self-protection: LAPD takes on Hollywood over its image.
Haves & have-nots: Colorado seeks more equality in funding for training.
Group effort: New association for police trainers.
Criminal Justice Library: Exposing fraud; curbing stress.
Forum: Big results from thinking small; making sense of community policing.
Upcoming Events: Professional development.

 People & Places

Then there was Nunn

     The city of Birmingham, Ala., appointed its first female chief in February, and only the second African American ever to lead the force.

     Annetta Nunn, 44, replaced Mike Coppage, a veteran Birmingham officer who had held the reins since 1998 and recently became director of the state Department of Public Safety...

Doctor on call

     Instead of naming yet another outsider to lead the New Jersey State Police, Gov. Jim McGreevey decided to go with a veteran trooper who would already have the respect and confidence of the force on his side.

     That insider is Capt. Joseph Ricardo Fuentes, who was named superintendent by McGreevey on March 1, and will hold the job on an acting basis pending State Senate confirmation. The path to confirmation may yet prove unexpectedly rocky, as a political brushfire erupted shortly after the nomination over Fuentes’ apparent earlier endorsement of racial profiling....

Standing tall

     Officials in Willimantic, Conn., were so impressed with the way the city’s Acting Chief Lisa Maruzo-Bolduc rose to the occasion when a Hartford newspaper dubbed their city “Heroin Town” that they named her to the post permanently in February.

     Not that that was the only reason. During a 23-year career, Maruzo-Bolduc had made her mark with both the brass and rank-and-file officers. The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in law enforcement, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Maruzo-Bolduc also holds a master’s degree in human relations and teaches classes in law enforcement...

Back to school

     Having spent 23 years protecting the citizens of Rhode Island as a lead administrator and detective commander with the State Police, Maj. Michael P. Quinn, the agency’s third-highest ranking official, is now serving a far smaller client base — the 9,600 students at Johnson & Wales University.

     Quinn was sworn in on Feb. 7 in a ceremony attended by both the Providence campus’s security forces and state and law enforcement officials, including U.S. Attorney Margaret Curran, state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman and retired State Police Supt. Edmond S. Culhane Jr., who had served as Quinn’s mentor...

A new mission

     He has led a police department with 26 members, and heads an extended family with 10 children and 27 grandchildren, but soon, Northboro, Mass., Police Chief Kenneth G. Hutchins will take on responsibility for even more individuals when he becomes a mission president for the Mormon Church, a three-year assignment that will have him overseeing 180 missionaries.

     “It’s time to do other things, time for a breath of fresh air,” said Hutchins, who retired March 7 from the post he held for 23 years...

In the clear

     Obstruction of justice charges were dismissed this month against San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders and Assistant Chief Alex Fagan in a case that is believed to mark the first time in more than a century that the entire command staff of a major-city police agency has been criminally charged.

     The incident stemmed from a street-fight last November between three officers, all of whom were off-duty at the time, and two men outside the Blue Light Bar. The men were said to have refused to hand over a bag of steak fajitas to the officers. Sanders, Fagan and five other commanders and supervisors were accused of participating in a cover-up...