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Vol. XXXI, No. 628 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY January 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Number-crunching: Problems with crime stats in St. Louis and New Orleans. Page 1.
Throwing in the towel: FBI is about to give up on a computer upgrade effort. Page 1.
Case study in cooperation: PERF looks at Beltway Sniper case. Page 1.
Disarming development: In protest, some London bobbies refuse to carry guns. Page 4.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules. Page 4.
Change of focus: Coalition of black groups wants more emphasis on prevention, not prison. Page 5.
Mass. appeal: Instant background checks win favor with gun buyers & sellers. Page 5.
No panacea: Maryland gun database has yet to yield results. Page 5.
People & Places: West Monroe doctrine; policing from scratch; thanks for the memory; now you see them, now you don’t. Page 6.
The LEN interview: Frederick, Md., Police Chief Kim Dine. Pages 7-9.
Forum: Kerik’s cons, and the heat of the spotlight. Page 10.

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Silverman:
Kerik’s cons & the heat of the spotlight

     Bernard Kerik’s meteoric rise and fall is a testimony to Andy Warhol’s observation on the episodic nature of fame. It reflects a blurring of the line between entrepreneurship and exploitation, between management and abuse.

     While many discussions focus on the reasons for Kerik’s withdrawal from consideration as Homeland Security secretary, the central issue is obscured: Why was he nominated in the first place, and what does this nomination reveal about the weight we give to merit in selecting leaders to provide society’s most basic requirement — public safety and security? ...