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Vol. XXVI, No. 536 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 30, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Staying close to home; chief goes back to school; Dr. SWAT; Americaís oldest police sacrifice; coming in off the bench.
Lending an ear: Ga. county cops improve service to deaf residents.
Student teachers: Fort Worth high schoolers show cops how to reduce a backlog.
Talk isnít cheap: For Orange County cops, itís sometimes impossible via radio.
Bicoastal controversies: LAPD, NYPD are under fire for crowd-handling tactics.
Power outage: Louisville officials, police lock horns over subpoena for civilian review board.
Changing their ways: Philadelphia police get a better handle on rape cases.
Fashion police: Texas departments change their looks.
Rising in Defiance: Ohio cops see red over Fair Labor Standards.
A killerís web: Has a task force nabbed the first Internet-based serial killer?
Mixed reviews: Outside monitorís report says LA sheriffís office is vulnerable to corruption.
First-response failures: Hartford police faulted for handling of medical calls.
Forum: On-again, off-again problems with police report-writing.

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Old problems, new problems with report writing

      ďIt will save time so that the officer is free to patrol. Itís like adding 180 police officers to our police force through the use of technology.Ē
      The words are those of Mayor Susan Golding of San Diego, who was praising software that made it possible to e-mail reports from laptops in patrol cars. You could click on to mug shots and have instant access to seemingly endless information, all without returning to the office. Send the report in for approval, and youíre on your way, pronto. What could be wrong with that?..