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Vol. XXX, No. 617 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Not your daddy’s police academy: NYPD recruit training gets a new look.
Policy with punch: Tacoma unveils a new approach for dealing with domestic violence by officers.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Shaking things up: Tackling organized crime in the UK with the creation of a “British FBI.”
Dial M for mayor: San Francisco’s chief executive makes his presence felt at murder scenes.
Better mousetraps: The latest wrinkles in police vehicle design.
People & Places: Getting warmer; arresting good looks; crossing the river; staying at home; top cops with chops; smashing pumpkins.
A net with too many holes: 9/11 commission staff report assesses U.S. intelligence efforts against terrorism.
Unfit for duty: Sick leave is decimating the ranks of the D.C. police.
ADAM bomb: Drug use monitoring effort is a victim of budget cuts.
Forum: Police, attention deficit disorder & legal vulnerability.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Getting warmer

     Washington State Patrol Superintendent Ronal Serpas returned to a warm Southern climate in January when he accepted the post of chief of the Nashville Police Department.

     The 43-year-old Serpas will be Nashville’s first chief in three decades who did not rise through the ranks of the department. He was one of three finalists, along with Chattanooga, Tenn., Chief Jimmie Dotson and Waco, Texas, Chief Alberto Melis. ...

Arresting looks

     Since he’s an undercover cop, the world will just have to take a judge’s word for it that Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Officer Mike Nahum is so drop-dead gorgeous that the defendant in a drug case was powerless to resist him.

     In January, Broward County Circuit Judge Susan Lebow dismissed trafficking charges against West Palm Beach hairdresser Julio Blanco, a self-described “lonely homosexual man” whom Nahum met in 2002 while working undercover in a gay bar. ...

Crossing the river

     Fairfax County, Va., Police Chief Thomas Manger has moved across the Potomac River to assume command of the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department.

     “I can’t think of any other job that I would have left Fairfax County for other than this one,” said the 50-year-old Manger, who succeeds Charles Moose....

Staying at home

     After a five-month national search, San Jose officials have decided to go with a well-liked — though untested — insider for the chief’s job.

     Deputy Chief Rob Davis has been a cop for nearly 30 years, but has never led a department. Still, he was selected from a pool of candidates that included Phoenix Chief Harold Hurtt; former Minneapolis chief Robert Olson, and William McManus, who resigned as chief in Dayton, Ohio, to succeed Olson in Minneapolis. ...

Top cops with chops

     Just because they are chiefs does not mean that North Miami, Fla.’s Gwendolyn Boyd-Savage and Chicago’s Phil Cline have lost their crime-fighting chops. Both officials were recently involved in incidents that required the arrests of violent offenders.

     Boyd-Savage returned to her office one January night to prepare for a city commission meeting, only to find a man holding her purse. After she asked him what he was doing, the perpetrator took off. Boyd-Savage chased him and it turned into a fight. ...

Smashing pumpkins

     While Wendy Ann Martyak, civilian supervisor of the Frederick, Md., Police Department’s crime scene unit, was delighted by the pictures she took during a semester away at school last year, they might have caused at least some of her colleagues to skip their lunch that day.

     That’s because Martyak, a 14-year member of the force, attended the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., last year as one member of an exclusive class of 15 crime-scene specialists from around the country. ...