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Vol. XXV, No. 517 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Order on the court; 60 seconds of fame; no laughing matter; Little Rock legacy.
A fungus among us: The potential side-effects of a plan to wipe out Florida’s pot crop.
Corporate support: High-tech firms help police target cyber-crime.
The right to privacy: Protecting officers by keeping their names out of property records.
No mere oversight: Louisville considers independent civilian review panel.
The cost of secession: Can a neighborhood afford to pull out over police concerns?
They’ve got crime’s number: Victim survey confirms crime drop.
Jewelry for cons: Spouse abusers to get electronic bracelets.
Take it easy: Civilians are more lenient than cops in disciplinary matters.
New LAPD watchdog: Ex-Federal prosecutor is named inspector general.
You are what you eat: NYPD orders cops to watch out for hidden drugs in everyday foods.
Open-door policy: Detroit PD gets aggressive in rooting out corruption.
Forum: Millennium chaos & some thoughts for law enforcement.
Digital hand-holding: Oregon agencies link their data bases.
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

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Millennium chaos & law enforcement

     As we approach the new millennium, law enforcement may find itself facing new challenges unlike any it may have confronted before. It doesn’t matter whether one believes that the new millennium begins in January 2000 or 2001. The bottom line is that we are faced with a unique phenomenon that occurs just once every 1,000 years. And whether one attributes this phenomenon to theology, soothsayers or merely the human awe of unique time change events is irrelevant. What is material is the possibility that it will either result in the outward manifestation of otherwise concealed and repressed emotions, or give opportunity for extremists to exploit the fear of change held dear by so many.
     Over much of the world the event will come and go with little or no notice, other than to acknowledge that the Roman calendar has moved forward from its 20th to its 21st century. If we give credence to the concept of change after 2000 years from the birth of Christ, even the western Christian world has to acknowledge that we have missed the boat. The Roman calendar is universally accepted to be at least six years off. This means we passed the millennium five years ago with nary a whisper. However, to the extremist, whether a true believer or a political opportunist, this fact is irrelevant...