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Vol. XXIX, No. 604 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY August 31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Family affairs; just like in the movies; leaving Shreveport; back in uniform; lending an ear; Klockars dead at 57.
Changing its stripes: Philly sex crimes unit has a new look & attitude.
Now & zen: Putting the ‘peace’ back in peace officers.
Walking the walk: Study says cops respond to supervisors who get down in the trenches.
Attaboy: NYPD riding wave of public support.
In good hands: Insurance coverage for graffiti victims.
Thanks, I think: Traffic tickets seen as potential life savers
Weighing the options: Balt. council unsure about police plan to issue citations for minor crimes.
Beyond borders: What prompted Delaware’s witness protection program?
Not so fast: Mexican ID cards are popular, but not with the FBI.
Covering their rear: Ford to offer new fix for Crown Vics.
No relief: Cell-phone interference still plagues communications.
Forum: Successful enterprise implementation.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.
Shedding light: Court orders files unsealed on rogue troopers.

 People & Places

In dad’s shoes

     Although experts say that children do not seem to follow their parents into law enforcement at a rate any higher than that of children of lawyers who become attorneys, or children of doctors who go into medicine, it seems that in San Bernardino, Calif., at least, there are an unusual number of father/son sets.

     Out of 281 sworn officers, the police department has six men who either count their fathers as colleagues in uniform, or who followed in their footsteps. By comparison, the Riverside Police Department, which outnumbers the San Bernardino force by 73 officers, also has half a dozen sets...

Movie magic

     It was like a stunt in a movie, but Idaho State Police Cpl. Duane Prescott is no stunt man, and the runaway train barreling headlong toward a crash was no Hollywood make-believe.

     On June 5, a 400,000-pound Union Pacific locomotive was reported loose just west of Boise and rolling downhill at 40 miles per hour. Several miles further along the track, another engine was sitting...

Shreveport chief out

     Amid outrage over his handling of the shooting of an unarmed black motorist, Shreveport, La., Police Chief Jim Roberts retired in June.

     The incident that ultimately led to his departure occurred on March 15 when two officers shot and killed 25-year-old Marquise Hudspeth. Hudspeth had jumped a red light and led police on a chase that ended in a supermarket parking area. When he got out of his vehicle, Hudspeth was holding a cell phone, which police mistook for a gun. Police fired 15 rounds, eight of those hitting Hudspeth, all in the back...

Back in uniform

     After more than 30 years in plainclothes, William Seck will soon be donning a uniform as the Kansas Highway Patrol’s new superintendent.

     The 52-year-old Seck had served with the FBI since 1972. In 1996, he was made senior supervisory agent in Wichita, in charge of the bureau’s operations in Kansas. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Seck had worked closely with the agency he now heads and with the Kansas Peace Officers Association and the state’s sheriffs association...

Lending an ear

     Appreciated within his community for his ability to listen, and respected throughout New Jersey for knowledge of community policing, Paul Tiernan, the former head of the Teaneck Police Department’s community policing bureau, has been chosen as the agency’s new chief.

     Tiernan, 44, will serve as the department’s acting head until Jan. 1 when Chief Paul Giannone’s accumulation of unused sick and vacation days runs out. Giannone retired in June...

Klockars dies at 57

     The nation lost one of its leading experts on police use of force and police integrity with the death of criminologist Carl B. Klockars on July 24.

     Klockars, 57, taught criminal justice and sociology for nearly 30 years as a member of the faculty at the University of Delaware. The author of five books, including “The Idea of Police” and “Thinking about Police,” and dozens of scholarly articles, he explored topics that ranged from police ethics to community policing, from the mechanics of the modern sting operation to excessive force and its control...