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Vol. XXX, No. 623 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
No mere oversight: Denver gets plan for police monitor. Page 1.
Thrust & parry: Traffic cameras & the motorists who try to foil them. Page 1.
Now you see it: Revenue stream dries up for NY towns. Page 1.
Oops: ATF loses track of explosives, gun dealers. Page 4.
The long haul: Will Riverside opt to keep its review board? Page 4.
Sweet revenge: Humans may be hard-wired for vengeance. Page 4.
Law enforcement, ink: Agency rethinks policy on officers’ tattoos. Page 5.
Keeping tabs: Cops track hookers, who return the favor. Page 5.
People & Places: He’s got game; Sterling addition; cutting their losses; staying nearby; the real blue knight; race-bias twists & turns. Pages 6, 7.
The master plan: Recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. Page 8.
LEN interview: Terrorism expert Brian M. Jenkins. Pages 9-11.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules. Page 12.
Forum: The need for a homeland security auxiliary; what the 9/11 panel missed. Page 13.

 People & Places

He’s got game

     There has been nothing but praise from both community groups and law enforcement officials for Boisse Correa, the veteran Honolulu officer who was named the city’s ninth chief of police last month.

     Correa succeeds Lee Donohue, who retired on July 1 after serving 40 years with the force. Donohue had been reappointed for a second five-year term in 2003, but had hinted that he might retire early. An internal defibrillator was implanted in Donohue’s chest after he suffered cardiac arrest in 1999....

Sterling addition

     Within weeks of being named as the new chief of Knoxville, Tenn., Sterling P. Owen IV — or I.V., as he is informally known — has already begun the job of mending fences with the Knox County sheriff, and within a department whose morale is said to be at a low ebb.

     Sworn in on Sept. 1, Owen replaces long-time Chief Phil Keith, who was with the department for 34 years, and its chief for 15. Keith has accepted a position as consultant for the National Amber Alert Foundation, and has not ruled out a run for mayor in the future....

Cutting their losses

     When faced with the choice of paying now or paying later, officials in Barnegat Township, N.J., last month decided it was cheaper to buy out Chief Edward J. Smith’s contract to the tune of $250,000 rather than let him remain in the post for eight more years.

     Smith, 57, has been a Barnegat officer for 30 years, and the township’s chief for 25 of those. Of late, he has come under criticism for collecting $129,000 in overtime since 2000 when the failure of his home-building business bankrupted him, and for hiring relatives. ...

Staying nearby

     Kansas City, Mo., may be losing its police chief, but Rick Easley is not going far. Last month, the chief announced that he would be resigning on Oct. 1 to head the city’s Metropolitan Crime commission.

     Easley, 53, was still a major when the Board of Police Commissioners chose him as chief in 1999, selecting him over several officers of higher rank. He joined the force in 1974...

The real blue knight

     There’s body armor, and then there’s real body armor – the metal kind – doffed by Rutherford, N.J., Police Officer Steve Villareale, who moonlights as a knight at a local dinner theater.

     Villareale, 32, began working at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Lyndhurst as a teenager. A horseman since the age of 12, Villareale competes as the Red Knight in jousting contests using a lance to snare rings hanging over the court. He also slugs it out with other knights before a 1,300-member audience using swords, axes and maces. ...