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Vol. XXVI, No. 535 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Fact-finding in Northern Ireland; hello, Columbus; ins & outs in Butte; Largo-ing, going, gone.
Dodging the Feds: LAPD eyes sweeping reforms to keep the Justice Department at bay.
Enough cops? St. Louis tries to make better use of the police it has.
Follow the money: Was the disappearance of $100G from a Denver evidence room an inside job?
A closer look: Critics say the Detroit PD could do a better job of investigating officer-involved shootings.
Whereís the beef? KC urged to enhance its citizen complaint process; other agencies make changes.
Safety first: APBs get a high-tech upgrade in Minnesota.
Forum: Whatís the LAPDís problem? Itís the culture.
Get the lead out: New studies look at different juvenile-justice issues, including the lead-paint link.
Just the ticket: Rewarding kids who do the right thing.

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Cortrite:
Whatís the LAPDís problem? Itís the culture!

      The current LAPD Rampart scandal, the latest in a long series of police scandals, begs analysis by other police departments. There can be no doubt that the LAPD is doing something drastically wrong. Other departments should be able to identify what some of these things are and thereby avoid them.
      Having read the newspaper accounts and the Board of Inquiry report into the Rampart Division corruption scandal and, more importantly, having worked in a department bordering the LAPD for over 30 years, I have some definite opinions on what police departments can do to avoid similar incidents...