Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, Nos. 607, 608 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15/31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Sweets to go; new DEA chief; yes, Virginia; straight shooter; Earl change; vertical mobility.
Retiring, not quitting: Chief of troubled Houston PD makes his exit.
Ten and out: Tampa’s chief of 10 years retires to await a “good night’s sleep.”
On the move: Kansas cops try to stay one step ahead of mobile criminals.
A bold LEAP: Current and former cops just say “no” to the drug war.
Alien-nation: Making it easier for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.
Command presence: Oklahoma leadership program turns out its first graduates.
Too much of a good thing? Rethinking D.C.’s strict pursuit policy.
Buffalo roundup: Rallying the troops to fight a tide of violence.
Better with age: Chattanooga seeks broader, older recruit pool.
Calling the feds: Milwaukee seeks help with use-of-force issues.
Marshaling resources: Keys to better fugitive-tracking.
Forum: Old-school cops in a new-school world.
Nothing criminal, but. . . : Reports on Houston PD lab are scathing.
No piece of cake: Lab accreditation is a long, tough, costly process.
Rx for the LAPD: A new “corporate” approach is urged.

 People & Places

Sweets to go

     Instead of driving up to a doughnut shop, members of the Chesapeake County, Va., Sheriff’s Department can now just grab a fresh pastry Deputy Michael New’s patrol car, which was remodeled this summer into a miniature doughnut-factory on a recent episode of the Discovery Channel show “Monster Garage.”...

     On the program, a group of mechanics, machinists, welders and auto-body specialists — some professionals, some eager amateurs and hobbyists — are given a limited budget and seven days to turn an ordinary vehicle into something, well, different. In one case, a school bus was converted into a pontoon boat. A 1994 Chevy Suburban was turned into a wedding chapel, complete with organ music and an automatic rice thrower...

Tandy’s handy

     By unanimous consent, the Senate in August confirmed the DEA’s first female administrator, Karen P. Tandy, a longtime Justice Department drug prosecutor and associate deputy attorney general under John Ashcroft...

     The 49-year-old Tandy, whose permanent appointment awaits signature by President Bush, is credited with helping Justice Department officials revitalize the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The group was formed during the Reagan administration and seeks to bring together a host of law enforcement agencies on major drug cases...

Line of succession

     While news of Virginia State Police Supt. W. Gerald Massengill’s impending retirement this fall was greeted with sadness by the agency’s rank-and-file, troopers applauded the selection in August of Lt. Col. W. Steve Flaherty as their new leader...

     Flaherty, 49, was chosen by Gov. Mark R. Warner from among the agency’s four top deputies — no outsiders were considered. A 28-year veteran and son of a retired state trooper, he had been serving as director of the agency’s Bureau of Administrative and Support Services, and was to assume his new post on Oct. 1...

Straight shooter

     The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has taken a dim view of an episode of the cable TV series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” that involved one of their own...

     A surprise hit this summer on the Bravo network, “Queer Eye” takes a hopelessly inept straight male and, with the help of five fashion-forward gay men, turns him into a so-called “metrosexual,” or a heterosexual guy who knows who to dress, cook and decorate so as to be more appealing to the woman in his life...

Earl change

     San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders will not be returning to his post after a medical leave that had left the agency in the hands of his second-in-command, Assistant Chief Alex Fagan, since March...

     Sanders’ announcement in August ended months of speculation as to his plans. Although he had been appointed by Mayor Willie Brown, with whom he had enjoyed a long friendship, relations between the two men had become tense in recent months. Brown at one point said that he would not let Sanders come back...

Vertical mobility

     Assistant Chief Joanne Jaffe of the New York City Police Department became the agency’s highest-ranking female in August after she was promoted to chief of the Housing Bureau...

     In her new post, Jaffe will oversee the 1,600 officers who patrol the city’s 376 public housing projects. She succeeds Chief Douglas Ziegler, the highest-ranking black official in the department, who was tapped to head the Organized Crime Control Bureau, which includes the Narcotics Division and units that investigate organized crime and prostitution...