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Vol. XXV, No. 509 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Lured back as chief; forward-looking dean; youth shall be served; a change of habitat; No. 2 no longer.
Seizure behind the wheel: A no-nonsense approach to confiscating DWI drivers’ vehicles.
Search me: Supreme Court expands the limits of traffic-stop searches.
Who are you? Identity theft is becoming a big-time headache for victims and law enforcement.
The color of policing: Is the New Jersey SP overly tough on minority troopers?
Hit ’em where they live: Promotional credit for city residency gets scaled back in New York.
Eyes in the sky: Satellite-based system keeps closer tabs on parolees.
Forum: The effects of irresponsible civilian complaints — the more things change. . .
Privacy rules: Court upholds confidentiality of police personnel files in misconduct case.
Realty reality: Megan’s Law listings on the Internet affect real estate transactions.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

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Becker:
Unfounded complaints: The more things change...

     By Sidney Becker
     Not long ago, in a conversation with my daughter, she asked me, “Dad, with all you’ve accomplished in your life, especially in the field of education, why in 20 years with the New York City Police Department did you never seek promotion?”
     At the time, I simply shrugged my shoulders, fearing that any explanation might be mistakenly construed as bigotry sandwiched between two thick layers of sour grapes. With hindsight, however, I now realize that that omission had done a great disservice not only to my daughter but to police officers everywhere who daily risk their lives...