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Vol. XXIX, Nos. 601, 602 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15/30, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Taking names: How to boost compliance with sex-offender registration.
School daze: Higher ed program for cops is under fire again.
Getting personal: Union fights release of info on misconduct.
Air apparent: Teaching cops how to handle tire blow-outs.
All in a dayís work: Rookie cop catches fugitive bombing suspect.
People & Places: The wheel deal; John Jay swansong; an inside job; no room for race; Mark of respect; new call for Kerik; a steady hand; in momís shoes.
Narrowing the field: How DNA analysis led to La. serial-killer.
Itís official: FBI says 2002 El Al shooting was a terrorist act.
Helpful but costly: DoJ blueprint for Portland will take time & money.
Welcome mat: Dubuque chief encourages newcomers to put down roots.
Inching forward: Canada weighs pot-possession reform.
Side job: Rio cops moonlight as slum-clearing vigilantes.
Forum: A groundswell of democracy toward improving the police-community partnership.
Criminal Justice Library: New gang book overlooks the faces & the blood.
Jeepers peepers: Capping the lens on high-tech voyeurs.
Mixed review: Gun suppression effort has some seeing racial profiling.

 People & Places

The wheel deal

     To Australian ears, the cops in Lancaster, Pa., may sound funny, but when it comes to bike patrol, the Pennsylvania police know their stuff.

     Thatís why his superiors sent Michael ďMickĒ Shaw, a 30-year-old constable from Alice Springs in the countryís Northern Territory, to Lancaster, where the police department has been perfecting its bike patrol unit since the mid-1990s...

Swansong for John Jay president

     In a move that caught many by surprise, Dr. Gerald W. Lynch last month announced his retirement as president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a position he has held for the past 28 years.

     Having joined the collegeís psychology faculty as an instructor in 1966, Lynch took the helm of the institution as acting president in 1975, just as New York City was about to confront a devastating fiscal crisis that would bring the city to the brink of bankruptcy ó and threaten the college with extinction...

Inside job

     Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey this month rejected a nationwide search for the cityís next police chief, saying he will choose a new leader for the police department from within the ranks. In the meantime, Capt. Al Pepin will serve as interim chief.

     The next chief will succeed Don Carey, one of only two chiefs in the police departmentís history to have come from outside the force. The other was Dr. Robert Wadman, who served during the 1980s...

No room for race

     What would have seemed unthinkable 30 years ago became a reality this month when Rock Hill, S.C., officials appointed the cityís first black police chief. John Gregory III, an assistant chief in High Point, N.C., replaced Dave Fortson on June 1.

     Gregory, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, has served his entire career in High Point, a city of 90,000. He is credited with the development of a violent crime strategy for the city that greatly reduced the number of gang incidents and youth homicides there, and led efforts to strengthen the departmentís recruitment efforts, according to City Manager Strib Boynton, who worked with him for two years...

Mark of respect

     Col. Mark Trostel, who took over as chief of the Colorado State Patrol in June, believes that neither morale nor the agencyís relationship with the stateís head of public safety is as tarnished as it might have seemed two months ago.

     A 24-year veteran and third-generation Coloradan, Trostel succeeded Col. Lonnie Westphal, whose leadership of the patrol has been credited with boosting its national reputation, particularly in the area of traffic safety...

Kerikís new call

     Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has pledged to bring law and order to post-war Iraq as advisor to the ministry of the interior for the Pentagonís reconstruction team.

     Kerik, 47, is uniquely qualified for the post. As an anti-terrorism consultant for the consulting firm run by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Kerik was in charge of the police department on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed by two hijacked jets. Earlier in his career, Kerik spent four years in Saudi Arabia, training security personnel and coordinating protection for the king and other heads of state. He speaks a smattering of Arabic...

A steady hand

     Even within the rock-ribbed conformity of a police department, some officers will always find a way to be different ó even if itís only with their handwriting.

     Officer Anthony W. Small, a 22-year veteran of the Columbus, Ohio, Division of Police, is a calligrapher. His reports, such as one describing a robbery on April 14, have the kind of serif-embellished Tís and Sís that stand out...

In momís shoes

     It is not at all unusual for a man to follow his fatherís footsteps into law enforcement. Far less common is for a woman to follow her mother into the profession. But then, Sandy Hanes, a 14-year veteran of the North Las Vegas Police Department, did not take a conventional route into policing herself.

     Hanes, the lead detective on the fugitive squad, was 32 when she decided to give up her job as a switchboard operator to be a cop. Her daughter, Chrissie Coon, was taking college courses in hopes of becoming an architect when she caught the law enforcement bug...