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Vol. XXXI, No. 630 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Name game: Identity theft is becoming more of a police matter.
Moving targets: LA cops get new rules for shooting at (and from) vehicles.
Ganging up: Rochester delivers an ultimatum to gang-bangers.
Now you see ’em...: Police hiring isn’t keeping pace with retiring.
Problems solved? POST boards tackle decertifying officers with checkered pasts.
No second chances: Discipline code puts Pa. troopers on notice.
School daze: The New Mexico SP wants to keep its college requirement.
People & Places: No time for sergeant; big-screen lawman; the next assignment; language is no barrier; mission accomplished; another slice of life.
In the courts: A roundup of recent criminal justice rulings.
Making minutes count: Warrants just got easier in W. Va. county.
The LEN interview: Fargo, N.D., Police Chief Chris Magnus.
Criminal Justice Library: Mother-and-son con artists; moving ahead with the LAPD.
Forum: The chief’s role in promoting science & technology.

 People & Places

This is no Mayberry

     Those in law enforcement know that a rural lawman’s beat can hold everything from a suspicious shipment of lawn ornaments to homicide. Now a documentary that has been making the rounds of film festivals both here and abroad offers the movie-going public a slice of that life.

     The unlikely focus of the film “Sheriff” is Ronald E. Hewett, who enforces the law in Brunswick County, N.C., in the southeastern corner of the state that includes Cape Fear. It may have a small town, Southern feeling, but Brunswick County is no Mayberry, and Hewett is no Andy Griffith....

The next assignment

     Oxnard, Calif., Police Chief Art Lopez thought he would take it easy after he retired last month, but no such luck.

     Lopez, 55, will start immediately at a private security firm doing investigations and providing security details to the rich and famous....

Language is no barrier

     Dozens of documents used by law enforcement agencies in Jay County, Ind., were translated into Spanish by a recently graduated college student who thought he could give something back to the community while he was performing an internship.

     Rafael Briones, who graduated last year from Ball State University in Muncie with degrees in Spanish and political science, spent roughly four months translating into Spanish 55 pages of legal terms and other documents used by the Portland Police Department, the Jay County Sheriff’s Department, the county jail and the Portland City Court....

Mission accomplished

     When Oceanside, Calif., Police Chief Michael Poehlman retired last month, it was not to some small community with a workload to match, but to Reno, Nev., where he will lead an agency of 371 sworn officers and 175 civilian employees.

     Poehlman served with the Oceanside agency for 25 years, the last 10 as its chief. No one disputes that the department has become more professional under his leadership, although some insist that it traded a spirit of camaraderie for an environment that is far more corporate....

Another slice of life

     Mystery writer Archer Mayor just added another job to his résumé. Along with investigator for the Vermont Medical Examiner’s Office and volunteer firefighter in Newfane, where he lives, Mayor will be a part-time officer at the Bellows Falls Police Department.

     Mayor, 54, is the author of a highly acclaimed 15-book series featuring a fictional Brattleboro, Vt.-based detective named Joe Gunther. A former town constable, Mayor said he always wanted to be a police officer. One day at lunch, Bellow Falls Sgt. William Hoyt mentioned an opening at the department and pitched the idea of joining to Mayor....