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Vol. XXXI, No. 635 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY August 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
High-risk patrol: New dangers seen in bike patrol.
Missing? How to get NCIC on the case.
Try, try again: Seeking better handling of domestic violence.
Blown away: Breath-testing device under fire in Mississippi.
On retainer: Prosecutor’s office find good help is hard to keep.
Monkey business: False news report haunts Mesa SWAT team.
Don’t touch that dial: Police presence expands on cable TV.
People & Places: Time to move on; life of Bryan; NYC’s new watchdog; a cop’s comeback; building a future; a lot of crust; unjust dessert; family first.
Numbers don’t add up: W. Va. has problems with racial profiling data.
Decisions, decisions: Courts have their say on a variety of issues.
Criminal Justice Library: Crime’s roots as a family matter; lessons for living.
Forum: 21st-century crime-fighting, with help from the ATF.
At long last NIBRS: New use seen for incident-based data.
Setting the pace: Violent crime declines in NYC & elsewhere.

 People & Places

Time to move on

     It was just time to do something else, said Iowa City Chief R.J. Winkelhake, a veteran lawman who retired on July 1 after having spent nearly 30 of his 40 years in policing either leading a department or being second-in-command.

     Winkelhake, 63, was Iowa City’s chief for 16 years — the only leader that many officers in the department have ever known. He assumed command of the agency in 1989 after serving as chief in Vernon Hills, Ill., and as deputy chief for 20 years in Palatine, Ill. ...

Life of Bryan

     Nebraska State Patrol Maj. Bryan Tuma shelved his retirement plans in May when he was tapped by Gov. Dave Heineman to lead the agency where he has served for 25 years.

     “There’s not a single law enforcement professional inside or outside the State Patrol who doesn’t respect Bryan Tuma,” said Heineman. “I chose him because of his strong leadership skills and his ability to move the State Patrol forward.”...

Once a watchdog. . .

     New York City officials in June tapped Michael F. Armstrong, a former chief counsel to the Knapp Commission during the early 1970s, to head the city’s embattled Commission to Combat Police Corruption.

     Armstrong, 72, was selected as watchdog because he fit the bill as someone who, in the words of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., was on good terms with the department, yet independent. ...

Cop’s comeback

     It was going to take something more than a leg amputation to keep Leonardo Fernandez from resuming his police career.

     Fernandez, a Miami-Dade County, Fla., police officer who was critically injured in a 2002 traffic accident, returned to full duty last month....

If you build it. . .

     Connecticut’s police academy got a model city to train in, and students at a local high school got a chance to put their technical skills to use, when two childhood friends in the city of Meriden put their heads together to solve a problem.

     The Connecticut Police Academy wanted to have four 20-by-20-foot structures built so it could put recruits through scenarios that would take place in actual buildings. But a quote of $850,000 from professional contractors was far more than the agency could spend....

They’ve got some crust

     With pies called “Da Bronx BBQ Chicken” and “Brooklyn Blue Cheese and Buffalo Chicken,” it would seem that a new pizza restaurant in Little Rock, Ark., called the New York Pizzeria Delicatessen is trying to bring a little Big Apple attitude to the South.

     The eatery is owned by NYPD Restaurants, an Orlando, Fla., firm that licensed and adapted the New York City Police Department’s logo. It was created by Paul Russo, a Queens native who, according to the company’s website, “missed great, authentic New York pizza when he moved to Orlando.”...

Unjust dessert?

     A Clifton, N.J., police officer who charged that colleagues made off with donations to rescue workers at the World Trade Center claims that the department has punished him for being a whistle-blower.

     Officer Joseph Napoleone was suspended for eight days in February when he was found guilty on departmental charges of failure to report a suspicious vehicle, leaving his cruiser without notification and leaving his post while on duty. ...

Family first

     Finally given the opportunity to put his family before his career, Portland, Me., Police Chief Michael Chitwood wasted little time this month in making the transition from the agency he has led for 17 years to his new command in Upper Darby Township, Pa.

     Chitwood’s last day in Portland was Aug. 12 and his first day in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby was Aug. 22. “No vacation, just relocating,” he told Law Enforcement News....