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Vol. XXVII, No. 547, 548 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY January 15/31, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
No quick fixes: The LA County sheriff unveils a 30-year overhaul plan.
Mutual affection: Police & criminals alike in New Orleans love their Glock 40s.
Warming up to cold cases: Future forensic scientists aid investigators.
Tip of the hat: NAACP salutes NHSP.
People & Places: Cop-hating legislator cops out; woman at the helm; crocheting a tangled web; a pioneer’s passing; C-OP is a two-way street; hot wheels; sticking around; now you see them, now you don’t.
Boy, oh Boise: Landlords are targeted in drug crackdown.
Toxic export: A Massachusetts molester is suspected as Montana cannibal.
Vote-rocking: Town wants cops to show their voter IDs.
Forum: Community prosecution is the real deal; putting the drug war’s folly on the silver screen.
Trial & error: Simulations avoid real-life mistakes.
DC, we have a problem: Homicide unit overhaul is planned.
Info at the ready: FDLE expands its Web offerings.
Criminal Justice Library: “Tired Cops: The Importance of Managing Police Fatigue.”
Doffing their suit: Gun makers hope for a better deal from Bush.
R.I.P.: Police deaths surged in 2000.
Staying in: Court says sex offenders can still be held after prison terms are up.
Border crossing: Mexico court OKs drug suspect’s extradition.

 Criminal Justice Library

Asleep at the wheel:
Not just the same tired old research
Tired Cops. The Importance of Managing
Police Fatigue.
By Bryan Vila.
Washington, D.C.: The Police Executive Research Forum, 2000.
172 pp., paper. $18 (PERF member); $20 (non-member).

      Fatigue is such an obvious topic, and so obviously important in police work, that it is surprising that no one has attempted to do what Vila does so well here — pull together existing information on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and apply this information to police work.
      The book is mainly aimed at police managers and seeks to help them “understand the key issues, provide general guidelines based on currently accepted knowledge and preliminary research, and suggest ways to approach policy development and fatigue management.” It is written in a colloquial style that is easy to understand and devoid of social science jargon (which has been banished to methodological appendices). The author’s analysis and advice carry uncommon conviction, for he understands policing from the inside (he has been both a police officer and manager) and from the outside (from the perspective of the social scientist, which he is now)...