Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXX, No. 617 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Not your daddy’s police academy: NYPD recruit training gets a new look.
Policy with punch: Tacoma unveils a new approach for dealing with domestic violence by officers.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Shaking things up: Tackling organized crime in the UK with the creation of a “British FBI.”
Dial M for mayor: San Francisco’s chief executive makes his presence felt at murder scenes.
Better mousetraps: The latest wrinkles in police vehicle design.
People & Places: Getting warmer; arresting good looks; crossing the river; staying at home; top cops with chops; smashing pumpkins.
A net with too many holes: 9/11 commission staff report assesses U.S. intelligence efforts against terrorism.
Unfit for duty: Sick leave is decimating the ranks of the D.C. police.
ADAM bomb: Drug use monitoring effort is a victim of budget cuts.
Forum: Police, attention deficit disorder & legal vulnerability.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

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Stein, Hodgson:
Police & ADD — Attention must be paid

     It is hoped that this article does not dissuade any officer experiencing personal problems or emotional distress from seeking counseling or psychological help. The days of stigma for getting help are hopefully long past. However, the issue of officers questioning whether or not they have a problem with attention, known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), is a special problem, one that necessitates that officers be armed with appropriate information about the subject before seeking help. This article is written because officers have stepped forward questioning whether or not they might have ADD/ADHD.

     Imagine the following case scenario:
Officer McDougal drives up to a burglary in progress. He draws his weapon and appropriately calls out, “Halt! Police! Drop everything and slowly raise your hands.” The perpetrator suddenly turns and pulls a bologna sandwich, wrapped in aluminum foil, from his right pocket in order to offer it to the officer. Believing the object to be a gun, Officer McDougal fires, resulting in the perpetrator being paralyzed from a bullet in the spine. ...