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Vol. XXIX, No. 593 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 14, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Case dismissed; understudy’s starring role; outgoing chief’s a Green Bay packer; Ken-do spirit in Ohio; Louisville’s merger manager; larger than life.
For shame! Raleigh will give johns a taste of notoriety.
Falling short: Domestic security duties take a toll on arrests & clearances for Florida agency.
Going mobile: Cyber-crime training takes wing in northern Illinois.
Federal File: A roundup of criminal justice developments at the federal level.
All hands on deck: Milwaukee rolls out new thrust against domestic violence.
What do you know? When it comes to violent deaths, less than you might hope. That could change.
You scratch my back.... Cross-deputization works in Montana.
Cyber-post office wall: Outstanding warrants take their place on the Internet.
Information, please: Not all Maine cops comply with open-records law.
Uneasy feeling: Grand Rapids cops move grudgingly toward sensitivity training.
Forum: Homeland security — safety in numbers; handling the news media.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

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Woody:
Mental illness & ‘the dutiful mind’

     How much training have your police officers had in dealing with persons that have mental illness? I suspect that if your agency is like most, the answer is “Not much!” Yet, depending on which article you believe, anywhere from 7 percent to 15 percent of the calls to which police officers respond in this country involve someone with a mental illness.

     I recently retired after 25 years with the Akron Police Department in Ohio, a department of about 600 persons including the reserves. After having served in various capacities, I retired as the Director of Training. This article chronicles my journey to the “dutiful mind...”