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John Jay Professor David Kennedy Testifies before Congressional Subcommittee
Professor David Kennedy, Director of the College's Center for Crime Prevention and Control, gave testimony last month at hearings before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on "Making Communities Safer: Youth Violence and Gang Interventions That Work." Kennedy is calling for a new approach to gang violence. "Gangs and our response to gangs alike have grave implications. The lives of an individual and of a community can be destroyed by gang violence, and also by failed responses to gang violence…Getting it right means a new way of thinking and acting." Kennedy's approach, a great success in Boston in the mid 1990s and which continues to be used in a number of jurisdictions around the country, incorporates direct engagement with gangs by local partnerships of law enforcement, social service providers and communities. For the full text of his testimony, go to www.jjay.cuny.edu/kennedy

Seem Familiar?
Graduates of the College who viewed Law & Order SVU on February 13 may have thought those steps where detectives were questioning students looked familiar. And to be sure those were the front steps of Haaren Hall. Much of the episode was filmed at the College with the fifth floor converted to a hospital. This isn't the first time the Law & Order franchise has filmed at the College. Stay tuned for a gecko in the spring.


Privacy vs. Security
Professor John Kleinig of the Law and Police Science Department and Director of the College's Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics recently received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to study identity management technology in the context of law enforcement and homeland security. As the demand for personal data by law enforcement agencies is greatly increasing, individual freedom, privacy and civil liberties must be respected. His study will aim at establishing a balance between two central values in liberal democracies, namely security and privacy. The Institute publishes the well respected scholarly journal, Criminal Justice Ethics. For more information about the Center and the journal, go to http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/cje


Athletics Hall of Fame

Athletics Hall of Fame 2007
Samantha Donaldson (BS '02) for Women's Basketball, John Brandt (BS '78) for Baseball, and Rose Nemorin, wife of slain police office James V. Nemorin (AS '96, BS '99) for Men's Soccer and Men's Volleyball. Officer Nemorin lost his life in the line of duty on March 10, 2003 .


Lessons in Leadership
Who better to speak about the challenges of police leadership than alumnus John Timoney (BA 74) who has served at the top of three major police departments. Timoney is currently the Chief of Police of Miami. He also served as Police Commissioner in Philadelphia and when he left the New York City Police Department in1996 it was at the rank of First Deputy Commissioner, the number two position in the country's largest police department. Timoney was the keynote speaker at "Police Leadership: Lessons Learned Along the Way" held at the College last month. (For more about Timoney and his views on leadership, see the Alumni Profile below). The large and enthusiastic crowd also heard remarks from Dr. Cedric Alexander from the Divisions of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and Police Chief Dean Esserman of Providence, RI. The lecture was part of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute (LEEI) that provides college-level learning to current and future law enforcement executives from across New York State. John Jay is the educational partner for LEEI. Participants attend a total of eight weeks of in-class instruction with John Jay faculty providing much of the instruction. The third session of LEEI will begin in Fall 2007. In-service New York State law enforcement officers who are interested in attending this session should visit www.dcjs.state.ny.us


Events

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Alumni Day

April 28, 2007
Saturday

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A Child in the Electric Chair
Tuesday, March 6, 2007                         12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

The Center on Race, Crime and Justice and the Office for the Advancement of Research invite you to a research-in-progress discussion by Professor Eli Faber of the History Department.

RSVP to kwilder@jjay.cuny.edu

John Jay College
899 Tenth Ave., NYC, Room 636T


"Killing with Distinction: On Categorizing Victims and Targets in the Laws of War"
Thursday, March 15, 2007                      5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

The Center for International Human Rights in collaboration with The Office for the Advancement of Research and the PhD Program in Criminal Justice at John Jay invite you to this lecture by Dr. Rene Provost, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University . A reception will follow.

For more information, contact M. Victoria Perez-Rios at mvprios@jjay.cuny.edu

John Jay College
899 Tenth Ave, NYC, Room 630T


The Jerry McCabe Fellowship Breakfast
Friday, March 16, 2007                           8:30 AM

The McCabe Foundation cordially invites you to the annual Jerry McCabe Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the exchanges between An Garda Siochana (Irish National Police) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Honorable Tim O’Connor, the Consul General of the Republic of Ireland, will be recognized for his leadership.

Tickets are $30 per person.

RSVP to 212-484-1396

John Jay College
Fourth Floor
899 Tenth Ave., NYC


Graduate Open House
Tuesday, March 20, 2007                        4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alumni interested in going to graduate school are invited to meet with faculty and staff who will be available to discuss graduate programs, admission, careers, and financial aid. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2007 admission into the College's master's degree programs in: Criminal Justice, Forensic Computing, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, Public Administration, and Protection Management.

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduate.admissions@jjay.cuny.edu.

To RSVP, call 212-237-8863.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theatre
899 Tenth Ave, NYC


Long Island John Jay Alumni Event
Wednesday, March 21, 2007                   6:30 PM

The Alumni Association Long Island Leadership Team cordially invites you to a presentation by the Honorable Kathleen M. Rice, Nassau County District Attorney on "The Future of Law Enforcement: A Local Prosecutor's Perspective."

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at ekiernan@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-237-8964.

Nassau County Police Department
Assembly Hall
1490 Franklin Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets)
Mineola, NY 11501


Metamophosis by Mary Zimmerman
Tuesday, April 24,2007                           7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2005                     12:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2007                         11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Friday, April 27, 2007                             11:00 AM & 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 28, 2007                         7:00 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre & Media Studies and the John Jay Theatrical Players invite you to a performance based on Ovid's mythological tale directed by Professor Lorraine Moller.

All performances are free and are general admission seating.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Ave, NYC


Annual Job Fair
Thursday, April 19, 2007                         3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Office of Career Development is pleased to invite alumni to participate in its annual Job Fair. Participants must wear traditional business attire and bring at least 10 copies of their resume.

For more information, contact Crystal Farmer at 212-237-8754

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, NYC


Alumni Day Reunion
Saturday, April 28, 2007                         2:00PM – 7:00 PM

The Third Annual Alumni Day program is designed to offer thought provoking, reflective and entertaining events that will appeal to John Jay alumni of all ages and interests. Events include a discussion of the history of the College led by Professors Gerald Markowitz and Karen Kaplowitz, a seminar on preventing cybyercrime by Professor Doug Salane, a workshop designed for making career connections, and a reception including the presentation of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award to Teri Coaxum, Class of  ‘93. Afterwards, alumni are invited to attend a performance of Metamorphosis by Mary Zimmerman directed by Professor Lorraine Moller of the Speech, Theatre and Media Studies Department.

For more information about Alumni Day, go to http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/alumni/alumniday/ or contact Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Relations at 212-237-8964 or ekiernan@jjay.cuny.edu

John Jay College
899 Tenth Ave, NYC

Alumni Spotlight

Dana Greene (MA '00, PhD '05)

John Timoney (BA '74)
In police circles, John Timoney is nationally recognized as a no-nonsense chief who calls it like he sees it. During a police career that spans four decades, Timoney has seen first hand –and even helped to shape -- the trends that have defined the field. Attendees at the College's lecture on "Police Leadership: Lesson Learned Along the Way" last month were the latest beneficiaries of Timoney's candid wisdom and wit. He began his police in 1967 right out of high school. Just three years later, the Knapp Commission was formed to investigate serious corruption in the New York City Police Department. Reflecting on that time, Timoney felt that some of the Commission's recommendations ultimately hurt the department. One example was removing local officers away from quality-of-life enforcement, such as making narcotics arrests. It was this focus on corruption, rather than on crime reduction, that he says, was a contributing factor to the crime wave of the mid 90s. Timoney is credited as one the collaborators who came up with Compstat, an information and accountability system that has been successfully used to reduce crime in New York City and numerous other cities around the country. Timoney left the NYPD with the rank of First Deputy Commissioner in 1996.

After a stint in the private sector, it was on to Philadelphia where he became Police Commissioner in 1998 and where he came up against a police culture that was strikingly different from that in New York City . "I spent my career denying that there was a police culture. In Philadelphia there certainly was a police culture. In the NYPD there was a culture, but it valued education." Unlike most large jurisdictions, Philadelphia 's civil service system extends through the highest ranks of the police department. "I could only appoint two people," he told the audience. This structure, Timoney says, inhibits the concept of "buy-in" in the executive ranks and prevents a commissioner from creating his own team. One of the first issues he tackled was police use of force where he put in policies and procedures aimed at reducing the department's shootings, which significantly dropped as did the crime rate while he was Commissioner. He would do the same in Miami, where he took over as chief in 2003. During his tenure the department experienced a 20 month period without the discharge of a single bullet. In the past Miami had been the scene of many race riots often predicated on a police use-of-force incident.

Timoney's advice to those already in leadership positions and those aspiring to them is not to underestimate the importance of leadership and staff "buy-in." "Setting up systems and policies will probably get you to 85% of where you want to be. The other 15% depends on leadership and top command," he told the audience.  And if a police chief is brought in from outside the department, Timoney's admonition is "change is expected so don't disappoint them."


Student Highlights

Student Highlights

Duquann Hinton
Professor Jannette Domingo, Dean of Graduate Studies, said of Duquann Hinton, "I can feel the spirit of Malcolm in the room." Hinton is the latest recipient of the Malcolm/King Award, which is annually given to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence in both undergraduate and African American Studies. The award was presented at the College's Seventeenth Annual Malcolm/King Breakfast. Domingo was not just referring to his commanding eloquence. Hinton, like Malcolm X, grew up in what can only be described as very tough circumstances. "Six years ago I thought the street was the only education I needed, standing on a corner getting intoxicated instead of studying for a midterm," he noted. Hinton was one of those kids who was mistakenly sent to a psychiatric facility as a child. After that, much of the education he received came under the heading of "special ed."  By the time he reached seventh grade, cutting school became the norm. Not surprisingly he got into a few scrapes with the law as a juvenile. It was the Alternative to Detention (ADT) program in Brooklyn that helped him to turn his life around. "The people there really had an interest in me, they saw something in me and that's where I got the idea to go to college." An interest in forensic psychology led him to John Jay as a SEEK student. Now a McNair Scholar and a member of the College's champion cross country team, Hinton has already been accepted into the CUNY PhD program in social psychology. His research interest concerns the psychological motivations of first generation African Americans male college students and the means through which they were exposed to a support network. He credits his scholastic success to the support of the faculty. "There's nothing special about me," he says.  Anyone who meets him would beg to differ.

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