Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXX, No. 618 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
A mismatch: Comparing DMV, Social Security data ó a bad idea?
Improving a good thing: Seattle refines domestic-violence response.
Thatís a wrap: Agreements end federal probe of county force.
ďBack in businessĒ: Reopening a pipeline of seized-asset funds.
The big bang: Tracing the origins of guns used in crimes.
People & Places: Putting a Hurtt on Houston policing; man of mystery; field of dreams; making history; $10-million send-off; goodbye, Madison.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Bigger picture: Tampa expands benefits to cover domestic partners.
Forcing the issue: Use of force is scrutinized in Austin.
Trading places: Why U.S. & Canadian prosecutors swapped homes & offices.
The mighty Quinn: Higher ed for Mass. cops may face a different future.
Disconnected: Pa. deputies lose court case over wiretap authority.
Fighting back: Chicago cops sue those who make false claims.
Balancing act: Problems linger with Meganís Laws.
Forum: The threat of improvised explosive devices.
Split verdict: Should police prosecute traffic cases?
In Baltimore, itís same crimes, new approaches.

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Haber:
Facing the threat of improvised explosives

     Pipe bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) pose a serious threat to federal, state and local government facilities, considering how easily and inexpensively they can be put together. Schools, shopping malls, stadiums and other public places people can freely walk around and through are also potential targets for terrorist attacks.

     Protecting people and facilities from terrorist attacks involving explosive devices starts with a basic understanding of a bomb. People must recognize that bombs are usually made to look like everyday widgets; stereotypical bombs are virtually nonexistent. The only common denominator that exists with all explosive devices is that they are intended to explode. For this reason, it is important to suspect anything that looks unusual and to let a trained bomb technician determine what is or is not an actual bomb....