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Vol. XXXI, No. 631 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Budget bomb: End nears for COPS office.
No sanctuary: Four shootings leave a trail of dead.
Behind the scenes: The NYPD’s counterterrorism analysts.
Connecting the dots: DHS ops center looks for the big picture.
Access denied: Tribal police shut out of Calif. database.
Numbers racket: Seeing red over profiling data.
How cheesy: Police react to “Who’s a Rat” Web site.
Time Capsules: 25 years ago in LEN.
People & Places: A legend returns; stepping down; a big head; homegrown PC; man of the moment; it’s not the money; evolving vision.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Shock therapy: IACP offers Taser-use guidelines.
Baked ham: Taser testing planned for pigs.
Homeland insecurity: Terrorists’ easy access to gun purchases.
Missing the target: Appeals court tosses FBI ballistics test.
Forum: Police are not the cause of violence; the dutiful heart.
It’s a stretch: Chief makes limited budget go further.

 People & Places

Return of a legend

     While former Richmond, Va., detective C.T. Woody mulls over a run for sheriff, Police Chief Rodney Monroe is keeping him busy helping to put together the best team for the department’s new homicide unit.

     Woody, 59, is considered something of a legend. A 35-year veteran who investigated murders in Richmond for 22 years, he joined Commonwealth’s Attorney David M. Hick’s office in 2002....

A step down

     Aurora, Colo.’s well-liked police chief demoted himself to captain last month before giving city officials the chance to do so in the fallout from a botched case involving a convicted sex offender.

     Ricky Bennett, 48, voluntarily stepped down in March to become a district captain. A 25-year veteran of the agency, Bennett was named chief in 2002. Nearly 100 people, including off-duty officers, recently gathered in a grassy area under Mayor Ed Tauer’s office window in a show of solidarity for Bennett. A crime lab employee held up a sign reading, “We love our chief. Leave him alone.”...

Getting a big head

     A 12-foot tall stainless-steel sculpture of a policeman’s face that has been likened by various observers to a gladiator’s mask, the Sphinx or Orwell’s Big Brother has gotten mixed reviews in Richmond, Va., where it hangs outside of the city’s police headquarters.

     The work, titled “The Thin Blue Line,” was created by artist Michael Stutz and commissioned by Richmond’s 11-member Public Arts Commission. The piece was the winner from among 63 proposals submitted to the panel....

Home grown

     Baltimore officials last month made good on a promise not to bring in any more New Yorkers to run the city’s police department when they confirmed Leonard Hamm, a homegrown officer, as commissioner.

     The 55-year-old Hamm was brought out of retirement in November to serve as interim commissioner. Since leaving the agency as a major nine years ago in a dispute with a supervisor, he has worked in a variety of law-enforcement positions including head of security for the Downtown Partnership, and chief of police for both the city school system and Morgan State University....

Man of the moment

     Arcola, Texas, officials conceded that when they chose Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy Donald T. Chaney as chief in February, they were less interested in looking for “chief right,” than they were in looking for “chief right now.”

     The 29-year-old Chaney has spent nine years in law enforcement. He was a sergeant when he resigned after five years from the Richmond Police Department to join the sheriff’s agency. As a deputy, he routinely patrolled Arcola, which has just over 1,000 residents....

Not in it for the money

     After putting in tens of thousands of unpaid hours with the San Diego Police Department, 78-year-old reserve Capt. Ray Webb said goodbye to all that last month.

     The man whom San Diego County Sheriff and former police chief Bill Kolender called an “institution” began volunteering with the agency 41 years ago when Lyndon B. Johnson was president....

Evolving vision

     To hear St. Augustine, Fla.’s new chief tell it, one would think that Loran Lueders had been just a cog in the machine.

     “I never had any kind of inclination that I would end up here,” he told The Florida Times-Union. “There was always someone else running the big picture, and it was my job to turn the wheel. I’m very fortunate to be here.”...