Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXV, No. 521 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Walk, don’t run; award-winner’s mixed emotions; Buck stops here; saluting TOP COPS.
Liquid assets: Cops train to handle suspects in fluid situations.
Going mobile: Louisville’s new approach to containing civil unrest.
Sign of the times: For some offenders, a dose of public shame can work wonders.
Be on the lookout: Sheriff asks residents to help spot meth labs.
Not in our town you don’t: Philadelphia seeks help in keeping suburbanite druggies out of “the Badlands.”
One man’s soapbox: Sheriff’s Web page message pulls no punches.
Problem solved: Green Bay cops earn kudos for downtown improvement effort.
Thanks but no thanks: PD rejects prosecutor’s input, decides to go it alone on reform.
Forum: An American sergeant finds lessons on combating police violence in the slums of Rio.

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‘Favela policing’ — an American cop meets the slums of Rio

      It’s early summer in Rio de Janeiro and the “favela” is hot. The residents of this Brazilian ghetto watch as the parade of police vehicles creep by one after another. Riding four deep in the cars, the officers have automatic rifles sticking out of the windows. This is war!
      Favela is a Brazilian term for slum. This particular favela consists of about 180,000 residents crammed into a small area with primitive living conditions. It is a violent, dangerous and crime-ridden housing project...