Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, Nos. 609, 610 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 15/30, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Robo cop; crossing the pond; drawing card; it’s time to go; Chicago PD has its Phil; Potter’s field in Portland.
Major-city pink slips: Chiefs are unceremoniously bounced in Portland & Dallas.
Added incentive: St. Pete tries to keep its cops closer to home.
Growth industry: First half of 2003 brings spike in violence.
Keeping track: Washington court curbs GPS use in tailing suspects.
Sparkle & shine: South Carolina deputies strut their stuff in beauty-pageant fundraiser.
Poking holes: Probers find it’s easy to get licenses using fake ID’s.
Different strokes: State & local cops in Alaska differ on pot busts.
A bit too personal: Bidding “adios” to Latino database.
Fit to be tied: Utah union rejects a compromise on fitness standards.
Arresting development: What to do about collars made by uncertified Idaho cops?
Forum: Local police shouldn’t perform immigration duties; one-stop shopping for terrorism screening.
Scams, not lassos: Modern rustlers have South Dakota ranchers reeling.
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

 People & Places

Robo cop

     Working with a robot on hazardous-duty assignments as a New York City police officer did not turn Joseph A. Knedlhans off to the mechanical marvels. In fact, that and a gift from a former girlfriend prompted a two-decade long fascination with the robots and robot-themed toys.

     Knedlhans, who is now retired from the force, is the proprietor of a museum in Adamstown, Pa., that showcases his collection of more than 3,000 robots and toys, with digital recorders to play the jingles and catchphrases of the items on display...

Across the pond

     Boston Police Commissioner Paul F. Evans will be taking his coalition-building approach to crimefighting across the Atlantic in November when he begins work as director of Britain’s Police Standards Unit.

     The position is a substantial one, according to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The unit was created in 2001 by the British government to help assess the effectiveness of the nation’s police forces, and ways in which they can be improved...

Drawing card

     When a bad vehicle accident occurs in Union City, Calif., one of the first calls police make is to a retired aerospace engineer whose extraordinarily sophisticated diagrams and maps of the scene can make the difference in establishing the cause of a crash.

     Dan Sarka, 62, was a supervisor in the systems analyst division of the United States Naval Air Station in Alameda before retiring in 1995 when the base was decommissioned...

Time to go

     While he still loves his job as chief of the Leonia, N.J., Police Department, August “Chip” Greiner will be leaving it to pursue law enforcement opportunities elsewhere, he said in August.

     “I’m a young guy, and I love a challenge,” said the 47-year-old Greiner. “I think now is the golden time to go.”...

CPD has its Phil

     After having served as Chicago’s acting police superintendent for the past three months, Philip J. Cline won permanent appointment to the post in October.

     The 53-year-old Cline replaces Terry Hillard who retired in August after five and a half years at the helm. Cline served under Hillard as first deputy superintendent. He was chosen by Mayor Richard M. Daley over two other finalists: Winnetka Police Chief Joseph DeLopez, and New York City Deputy Commissioner Garry McCarthy...

Potter’s field

     A decade after leaving public service, former Portland, Ore., police chief Tom Potter announced in September that he would be entering the city’s mayoral race.

     “I’ve been giving this a lot of thought since February,” said the 62-year-old Potter. “I’m just getting started on my campaign.”...