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Vol. XXVI, No. 528 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 29, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Warming up to Southern California; O’Connell’s back; honoring a Texas-sized sacrifice; family time.
Immunization booster: NJ court acts to protect cops who intervene in domestic violence cases.
Tickets, please: Personal-service mandate is foiling photo radar in Denver area.
Size doesn’t matter: Palm-sized handguns are banned in Oakland.
Thinking backwards: “Reverse 911” calling gets the job done in Maine.
Why wait? Newport News trains cops to act in a crisis without waiting for the SWAT team.
No loitering: Annapolis creates its first “drug-loitering-free zone.”
Get with the programs: Free software from DoJ agencies.
Does your sidearm measure up? NIJ finds six that don’t.
Forum: It’s what’s up front that counts with community policing.
Criminal Justice Library: Transforming agencies through transforming leadership.
Bright idea: Shining a light on underage drinking.
In the clear: Special prosecutor clears white Hartford cop in shooting of black teen.

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Community policing: It’s what up front that counts

      I was recently privileged to have been asked to serve as guest speaker at the awards ceremony for one of North Carolina most prestigious law enforcement honors, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Policing. Immediately after the initial reaction — you know, the mixed feelings of elation and disbelief — I started pondering a deeper rationale as to why this was important for Randall Aragon, a cop, leader and CEO for a police department.
      It was indeed an honor for me to stand amongst North Carolina’s most committed community policing academicians, practitioners and supporters and address a topic that we all know has been regarded since the early 1970s as one of law enforcement’s pivotal “magic bullets.”...