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Vol. XXX, No. 626 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Rough treatment: Study eyes recidivism & drug treatment links in California.
Strapped for cash: Defeat of budget measures has some agencies scrambling.
Getting the dirt: Porn found at crime scenes to get a closer look.
Shut out: Illinois SP academy suspends training for local agencies.
Ho-hum: New Orleans residents don’t seem to care where cops live.
Ready to go: Jacksonville to roll out civilian community service squad.
People & Places: Counting the days; five-year plan; twice is nice; bass instincts; hear, hear; Noble efforts; no to Apple source.
Having their say: Voters decide on criminal justice-related measures.
LEN interview: Michael Scott of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.
Uncharted waters: States take new tacks against sex offenders.
At a stand-still: Rookies face months of fixed-post training.
Forum: Giving new life to community watch efforts.
Offline: DEA yanks guidelines on MD-prescribed narcotics.

 People & Places

Counting the days

     North Huntingdon, Pa., Police Chief Charles Henaghan can tell you to the day exactly how long he has been in law enforcement. That’s why he’s leaving.

     “After 35 years, 3 months and 18 days with the force, it’s time,” he said. “My last day on the job will be Jan. 2.”...

Five-year plan

     When the people of Little Rock look back on his tenure, said Police Chief Lawrence Johnson, he would like it to be said that he did the best he could with the tools he had been given.

     Before accepting the job in 1999, Johnson told city officials that he would only be staying five years. His last day will be Jan. 1. A 27-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department, Johnson said he and his wife would be returning to Oklahoma. ...

Twice is nice

     Having grown up during the segregation era in Georgia, perhaps no one is as surprised as Louis Graham himself at having had a law enforcement career that included stints as chief of two departments.

     Graham, 65, assumed command of the DeKalb County Police Department in October. One of the first black officers to serve with the Atlanta police, Graham was also the first African American to lead the Fulton County Police Department. Prior to his recent appointment, he was chief deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, just down the block from police headquarters....

Bass instincts

     While North Royalton, Ohio, police detective Jay Drake is keeping his day job for now, he says it wouldn’t take much persuasion for him to jettison his 12-year law enforcement career and become a full-time bass player.

     The feeling was particularly strong after working on a recent case in which a man was beaten and sodomized with a tree branch. Suspects said they had caught the man peeking through a little girl’s window....

Hear, hear...

     Two years ago, New York City Detective Anita Golden began learning American Sign Language because she found it beautiful. In October, she and her colleagues found it was pratical, too, when Golden used her skills to rescue a deaf man threatening suicide.

     It all began on Oct. 13 when Golden was called to a Brooklyn housing project by an Emergency Services Unit officer who remembered that she spoke sign language. Dwayne Jones, 25, was on the roof of a seven-story building. He already had one leg over the surrounding chain-link fence....

Noble efforts

     Any lingering doubts about the selection of Noble Wray from a strong pool of candidates for the chief’s position in Madison, Wis., were swept away after his handling of two high-profile events during the earliest stages of his tenure.

     Wray, 43, was one of three finalists for the post from within the Madison department, along with Capt. Cheri Maples and Sgt. Mike Koval. Since the departure of Chief Richard Williams, who resigned in March after 11 years, Wray has been acting chief. He served as assistant chief in charge of operations — Williams’s second-in-command — prior to that....