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Vol. XXV, No. 510 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Stepping out in Louisville; San Diego’s Latino flavor; ins & outs; PERF-ect pair; change of attitude.
Old & in the way? Using retired troopers to track sex offenders ruffles a union’s feathers.
Experience factor: Cincinnati’s field trainers may need more time on the job.
Breaking up is hard to do: Butte police local can’t break its ties to national parent.
Get out & stay out: One-time home of Al Capone gives gangs the boot.
Changing landscape: Colorado school massacre & the politics of gun control.
Forum:God vs. gangs — addressing crime & disorder while “deracializing” law enforcement.
“Show us the money”: Arkansas police force fights for its share of $3 million in forfeited assets.
And the real killer is...: NJ town stumbles in search for cop’s murderer.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

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Rivers:
God vs. gangs, or ‘deracializing’ law enforcement

     By Eugene F. Rivers 3d
     As we stand on the shores of a new millennium, the faith communities in the inner city, and in particular the churches, are the primary institution that stands between where we are today and virtual apartheid in the next 10 or 15 years. There is a growing body of research that we will have a 26- to 27-percent increase in the number of 15- to 19-year-olds by the year 2005. While demography is not destiny, what is true is that demography minus resources can be a problem.
     In our inner cities in particular, we confront the challenge of engaging in new ways of partnering that can deracialize law enforcement. The challenge that confronts this country is to avert its descent into virtual apartheid. How do the most representative institutions of the communities, which are most adversely affected by a downturn in the economics, post-welfare reform reality and crime, mobilize themselves so that they do not bear the brunt of uncreative, unprogressive forms of law enforcement? It is the black churches that are key to any effective strategy to deracialize law enforcement, to lift the factor of race, which is the primary factor polarizing our conceptions of law enforcement and criminal justice...