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Vol. XXVII, No. 561 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Fit as a fiddle: Giving deputies incentive to pass a physical.
Help is on the way: Federal funds to help clear a DNA backlog.
Talking the talk: Some cops preach gun safety without practicing it.
Warm bodies, Part 1: Denver PD may join a trend toward hiring non-citizens.
Taking action: Community cop gets his playground.
Payback time: Do federal actions on guns favor NRA over public safety?
People & Places: Nothing like a Dane; shining Knight; closer to home; vested interest; mixed reactions; Bach to basics; Mueller to head FBI, Hutchinson DEA, Bonner at Customs; no mere oversight.
They snoop to conquer: Michigan cops used data base to stalk, harass.
Moving back in: Feds reopen the Officer Next Door program.
Closed too soon: Cleared homicides may get a fresh look by cold-case squad.
Double whammy: Court OK’s federal trial for Indians after tribal court conviction.
Tangled web: Porno links sneak into PD web sites.
On hold: Undercover probes in jeopardy from Oregon bar’s ethics rule.
Warm bodies, Part 2: Depleted East St. Louis PD will have to “make do.” Plus, manpower developments from other departments.
Guilt by association: Lawsuit challenges zero-tolerance evictions in domestic violence cases.
Forum: Why not DNA testing for everyone? Why re-fund the COPS office?
Line ‘em up: Witness IDs will take on a new look in New Jersey.
Calling in the cavalry: Marshals join forces with Hartford cops.
An ounce of protection: Taking steps to save migrant lives.

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Muhlhausen:
More funding for the COPS office means paying for fanfare, not effectiveness

      Senator Joseph R. Biden (D.-Del.) has introduced a bill (S. 924) to reauthorize the Community Oriented Policing Services program and expand it to put an additional 50,000 officers on America’s streets in order to reduce crime. As various studies by the U.S. government and independent groups have shown, however, the massive amount of tax dollars spent thus far on COPS — $8.5 billion — has neither reduced violent crime nor succeeded in putting the promised 100,000 new officers on the beat. Rather than further funding a program that has yet to demonstrate its effectiveness, policy makers should promote policing activities that are known to reduce crime, such as targeting high-crime “hot spots” and the illegal possession of firearms by criminals.
      Despite recent claims, the COPS program has not put 100,000 additional officers on America’s streets since it began in 1994. Even in 1999, the Department of Justice’s own Office of Inspector General doubted that the goal could be reached; it estimated that, at most, only 59,765 additional officers would be added by the end of FY 2000...