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Vol. XXV, No. 520 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 31, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
The element of surprise: Sting operations go after potentially abusive cops.
Who is that guy? Futuristic warrant names suspect by his DNA profile.
Heavy-handed: Black cops in Dallas say discipline is harder on them.
Anyone know what time it is? DC’s new rotating schedule has cops in a spin.
People & Places: Serious clowning; too smart; the NYPD shuffle; Delaware’s fresh Pepper; the write stuff.
Hand on the helm: NJSP finally gets its man — from the FBI.
The face is familiar: It’s also computer-generated.
This is no movie: Fallout widens from LAPD corruption scandal.
What’s your 20? FCC seeks new technology to pinpoint cellular 911 callers.
Music to their ears: How to punish noise-law violators.
LEN interview: Arlington County, Va., Police Chief Ed Flynn.
Taking a beating: Counseling for DV offenders may backfire.
Forum: The missing link in police professionalism.
Just say no: Columbus PD opts for court battle rather than DoJ consent decree.
Early-warning system: How Pittsburgh spots potentially troubled cops.
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

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 Forum

Michelson, Heidingsfield, Garrett:
The missing link to police professionalism

      It has often been said that if police expect to gain the same professional status as doctors, lawyers and teachers, a college degree is a necessary prerequisite. Less often said is that it is equally important for the degree program of choice to impart a common body of knowledge to the police profession. While other professions have established the parameters and dictated the core content of their academic courses of study, police leaders and practitioners have had a minimal role in defining their professional educational core. Today’s increasing awareness of the relationship between higher education and police performance, coupled with the advances made in police recruit training and the opportunities afforded by distance-learning technologies, offer a powerful recipe to rectify this professional shortcoming.
      Historically, it can be argued that the police community has essentially failed to advocate the importance of higher education and has been unable to agree on or articulate a common body of knowledge for the profession. While blue-ribbon advisory panels have spoken on behalf of higher education for police officers as early as the 1930s, with one exception the evolving demand for college education has never enjoyed universal support. That exception was the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) which emerged from the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1967...