Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVI, No. 529 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 15, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Helping hands; on the hot seat; Price is right; new chief builds on community roots; strummin’ on the old banjo.
Shocking & stunning: San Diego expands officers’ use-of-force options.
Learning from mistakes: Aim is to avoid a repeat of a fatal SWAT mission.
Changing with the times: A project once aimed at tracking a possible serial killer gets new focus.
OK, with an asterisk: NYPD crime lab gets accredited despite problems.
The price of honors: Amid awards controversy, Louisville dumps its police chief & may add a civilian review board.
Show me the money: Police force riddled with tax-dodging allegations.
First response: Omaha scraps its gang unit, reassigning officers to 911 response duties.
Forum: A drug warrior calls for peace; paying a visit to the blue wall.
Y2K bug: Computer glitch spawns jail-records mess in Georgia county.
The high seize: Connecticut police get more than they bargained for with gun-seizure law.
Getting even tougher: Despite criticism, California voters OK tough juvenile justice initiative.
Protecting the protectors: Black Secret Service agents say they’re victims of on-the-job bias.
Warts & all: Minnesota to add potentially flawed crime records to state database.

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Sylvester L. Salcedo
A front-line drug warrior calls for peace

      I served on the front lines of the war on drugs. As a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, I served as an intelligence officer with Joint Task Force 6, which provides training support to drug enforcement agencies. From October 1996 to April 1999, I worked in New York, Miami and San Juan, P.R., with various federal, state and local law enforcement groups in the war on drugs. Now, following the conclusion of this tour of duty and my military career, I’ve concluded that we must replace the war on drugs with a realistic drug-control plan.
      This conclusion is reinforced by my work as a Spanish teacher in Roxbury, Mass. — a low-income, drug-riddled section of Boston — where I saw drug abuse among our kids and witnessed the deleterious effects of our domestic drug war...