Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, Nos. 605, 606 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15/30, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Scare tactics; San Diego welcome mat; Mom was wrong; time’s up; Mr. & Mrs. Chief; a new challenge.
In your favor: How to drive up approval ratings.
Exit wounds: High-tech glass keeps bullets out of the cruiser but lets cops inside shoot back.
Make that call: John Walsh & AMW are still going strong.
Matrix reloaded: Florida database makes for a much faster fishing expedition.
9/11 plus 2: A roundup of anti-terrorism developments.
Inching along: Minnesota’s nascent CriMNet could be imperiled by deep budget cuts.
Singing the blues: Why morale is sagging among Baltimore cops.
Show me the money: Flap over race data may take a back seat to funding issues.
Forum: Collaboration is the core of successful community-oriented policing.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.
Dogged analyses: Some practices may have improved, but county has far to go in other areas.
Lawn enforcement news: A DIY approach to code violations.

 People & Places

Scare tactics

     Cops do a lot of things in their spare time — they play rock music, they collect pigs, they do taxidermy, some even make coffins — but there are probably not very many who direct and act in horror films.

     Since 1999, Baltimore County, Md., Detective Joseph B. Ripple has been a partner in Timewarp Films, an independent production company specializing in the horror and science fiction genre...

Welcome mat

     While disappointed that an insider did not get the job, police union officials in San Diego say they cannot fault city managers for naming San Jose Police Chief William Lansdowne as their agency’s new leader.

     The 59-year-old Lansdowne will replace David Bejarano, who left in July to become the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of California, which covers San Diego and Imperial counties. Lansdowne assumed command on Aug. 25, becoming the first outsider hired as San Diego’s chief since 1940...

Mom was wrong

     Sue Riseling, chief of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department, recently added another first to her storied career, when she was chosen to receive the first annual Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award, sponsored jointly by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and Motorola.

     The award, presented at the NAWLEE conference in Tempe, Ariz., recognizes a female law enforcement executive who has provided leadership to her community, to the law enforcement profession and to the association. Each recipient will receive a glass sculpture of a lioness, symbolic of grace, courage, determination and leadership...

Time`s up

     Although his style rubbed city officials and rank-and-file officers the wrong way, the resignation of Allentown, Pa., Police Chief Stephen L. Kuhn after just 15 months on the job caught everyone off guard.

     Kuhn, 59, was the first outsider to run the agency. He came with a resume that included high-level positions in Chicago and Washington, D.C., but many of his attempts to modernize the Allentown force — which he characterized as being lost in the 70s — seemed to backfire...

Mr. & Mrs. Chief

     If there will be one “supreme commander” in the home of two recently named police chiefs from California’s East Bay region, neither Newark Chief Ray Samuels nor San Ramon Chief Kathy Samuels is telling.

     The couple celebrated 25 years of marriage in May. They first met when both worked for the Vallejo Police Department — he as an officer, she as a dispatcher...

New challenge

     After a long career with the New York State Police, including nine as its Superintendent, there weren’t many challenges left in state law enforcement for James McMahon, but Gov. George Pataki came up with one when he named McMahon to head the State Office of Public Security.

     McMahon, 60, who is retiring from the State Police, will succeed former New York City police official John Scanlon in the $160,000-a-year post. During his tenure leading the NYSP, McMahon played key roles in the investigation of the 1996 explosion of Flight 800 off Long Island, and the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center...