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Vol. XXV, No. 522 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 30, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Smooth sailing; Penningtonís major honor; dogged pursuit in Miami; a belated tribute; entering the Neutral Zone.
Deep in the heart of taxes: The high price of pot possession
Fine-line rendering: Producing a better crime scene re-creation after a church massacre.
No thanks: Regional cops-in-schools grant has a detractor.
Opening the pipeline: Feds pour in millions to aid tribal justice.
Arresting dilemma: Tribal & municipal police try to work out a two-way arrest policy.
Trouble on the line: Misdialing spells trouble for Omaha 911 system.
Go east, young man: Drug mules discover a new overland route.
Lukewarm welcome: Chicago PD holds ex-housing cops to higher standards.
The home front: Residency rules rankle in St. Louis metro area.
LEN interview: Susan Herman, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Forum: Should police get all the credit for crime reductions?
Criminal Justice Library: How the NYPD fights crime; the consequences of police stress.
Quick change artist: New Dallas chief wastes no time shaking things up.

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OíRourke:
Crime reduction: All credit to the police?

      "The more things change, the more they remain the same." That old adage sums up this observerís instant reaction to a recent op-ed in a New York City tabloid, "What Really Won the Drug War," written by a former top narcotics official in the NYPD.
      The author, retired Chief of Narcotics Patrick J. Harnett, seems to takes the position that when crime is reduced, no matter how little or for however a short period of time, police administrators should be credited with the reduction. All reductions of crime must somehow be the result of the newest tactical approach. In my 24 years in the New York City Police Department, I learned that when crime is on the rise, blame should be laid on social forces beyond the control of the police. When crime is declining, however, please give credit to some new tactic of the NYPD...