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Vol. XXX, No. 621 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Reasons to smile: The 2003 UCR offers plenty.
No blinking: A new set of eyes for investigators.
A nose for contraband: On the job with the Beagle Brigade.
Sketchy profile? Promising yet troubling new DNA technique.
Promoting trouble: Staff crisis at the FBI.
Shots fired: Making it easier to track their origin.
Candid camera: Nefarious uses for cell phones.
People & Places: Cleared for takeoff; worldly wise; repeat performance; unwelcome spotlight; long-term thinking; ready for a closeup in Big D; Baltimore no-hitter; family affair.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Alien encounters: Immigration enforcement beckons Va. troopers.
The LEN Interview: Pittsburgh Police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr.
Criminal Justice Library: Powerful truths in “Kill Zone”
Criminal Justice Library: How Compstat changed the landscape.
Forum: The chronology of a gun; a thankless but important research task.
Oh, give me a home: Sheriff’s web site lets buyers know if a house was once a meth lab.

 People & Places

Cleared for takeoff

     Patrick J. Harnett took office as the new police chief of Hartford, Conn., after the city’s corporation counsel concluded that Harnett did not need to have Connecticut police officer certification to hold the job.

     The certification issue had been just one more item on a list of things that had police and community leaders angry about the selection of an outsider instead of popular Acting Chief Mark R. Pawlina....

Worldly wise

     Back when John Harrington was studying Asian culture at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, little could he have known how handy that knowledge about the Hmong would be as a St. Paul officer, and now as the city’s police chief.

     Harrington, 48, assumed command on July 1. He was the unanimous choice of the city’s selection committee, and the top choice of at least four of the seven City Council members, making it all but impossible for Mayor Randy Kelly to appoint anyone else....

Repeat performance

     Arkansas State Police Lt. Col. Steve Dozier has been asked to fill in once again as the agency’s director following the unexpected departure of Col. Don Melton.

     Dozier previously took the helm in February 2001 when Col. Tom Mars also abruptly resigned....

Unwelcome spotlight

     Comments made by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly in which he publicly credited one of the department’s detectives with breaking a terrorism case in London has infuriated members of the joint federal task force working on the case.

     In an email message to the roughly 1,100 agents in New York, Pasquale J. D’Amuro, head of the city’s FBI office, wrote: “For the sake of accuracy the message put out to the media that the success of this case was due to one person’s involvement could not be further from the truth. This is NOT the way we do business.” ...

Long-term thinking

     Back in 1975, male police commanders in San Francisco were so sure that women wouldn’t last a week on the job that they held off issuing them uniforms. Well, the joke was certainly on them.

     Two of the women from the agency’s first co-ed academy class, Barbara Davis-Regan and Vicki Quinn, retired in July after 29 years on the job. And Heather Fong — who joined the SFPD two years after Davis-Regan and Quinn — is now the agency’s chief....

Ready for his closeup

     While he is an insider, having begun his career with the Dallas Police Department, the fact that David Kunkle has been away for 22 years gives him just enough outsider status to satisfy officials who appointed him chief of the troubled agency May.

     The 53-year-old Kunkle (left) has served as chief in both Grand Prairie and Arlington, Texas. In Arlington, he also served as deputy city manager for the past five years. Kunkle was selected from a field of 70 candidates that included such policing luminaries as former Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson and Pasadena, Calif., Chief Bernard Melekian. ...

No-hitter in Baltimore

     The city of Baltimore was temporarily without its police commissioner for two weeks in late May while Howard Çounty investigators completed an independent probe into allegations that Kevin P. Clark assaulted his fiancée.

     On June 2, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley announced that the investigation had found the allegations to be unsubstantiated, clearing the way for Clark to return to duty. He had been on voluntary paid leave since May 18....

Family affair

     The Miami-Dade County, Fla., Police Department swore in Robert L. Parker as chief in May, the first African American leader in the agency’s history.

     Parker began his 28-year career on the force in 1976 after serving in the military. His rise through the ranks was swift and steady. Within six years of joining, he was a sergeant of detectives. Parker made lieutenant in 1991, then division chief eight years after that. In 2002, he was appointed assistant director....