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Vol. XXV, No. 519 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: A police hat in the ring; life in the fast lane; Stephens gets back in the fray; rumblings & grumblings in New Mexico.
Pre-emptive strike: Spurred by profiling furor, FHP makes plans for traffic stop data collection.
Where the action is: Some Arizona residents are fed up with being the entry-point of choice for illegal immigrants.
Mixed blessing: Retirements means understaffing — and more overtime — for Indiana cops.
Taking aim: Courts, legislators tackle new round of gun-related issues.
Breaking up that old gang:Two new approaches to gang-loitering problems.
Class acts: As a new school year begins, calls go up for tighter security.
Win-win: Louisville public housing scores with “Sober Living” units.
Forum: Community policing is a fraud.
Back to square one: Will a new Waco inquiry lay lingering questions to rest?
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

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100,000 police = politics & poor planning

      In July 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Audit Division, indicated that the announced goal of adding 100,000 new police officers by the year 2000 would not be met. The audit found there was a “high degree of difficulty in establishing that funds under the Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program actually resulted in additional COPS officers on the street.” The audit also found indications that supplanting existing funding, and inadequate good-faith planning to retain officers, may yield fewer officers than provided for under the grant.
      On July 29, 1999, the newspaper USA Today reported, under the headline “More law enforcers becoming lawbreakers,” that Janet Reno has sent more cops to prison than any other Attorney General. In the previous five years, the Justice Department has convicted a record 756 former law enforcement officers on Federal corruption, brutality and other charges, and the Administration has asked for funds in next year’s budget to pay for 16 additional Federal prosecutors to work solely on police cases...