Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVII, Nos. 550 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 28, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Getting even; miracle return; Sid on top of the world; never too old; away from the desk.
Rainbow coalition: Diversity training in Portland focuses on transgender community.
Kinder, gentler policing: Chief takes a different tack with young first-time drug violators.
Bottoms-up policing: More officers getting responsibility for geographic beats.
The beat goes on: From the White House to the statehouses, new racial-profiling developments.
Making their points: Special skills are worth money to Mesa cops.
Sweetening the pot: Departments dangle bonuses in front of would-be recruits.
America rules: U.S. teenagers outdo their European counterparts in drug use.
Checkout time: M.O. changes have an impact on drug busts by NJSP’s “hotel
The jury is out: Do sex offender registries help reduce crime?
Payback: Seized drug money helps pay deputies’ college tuition.
Moonlight sonata: Off-duty work plan lowers rents, but raises questions.
Balancing act: Supreme Court weighs police needs vs. ciitizens’ rights.
Forum: A drug-control strategy for the new millennium.

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A drug strategy for the new millennium

      Although there is no practical, accurate way to gauge the sentiments of 280 million Americans on any one issue, at the dawn of a new millennium it appears to many people that if the country is to make progress against drug abuse, we should not give up hope, and that all Americans need to share in the responsibility for tackling this problem. Each of us has a positive role to play, whether we be government officials or students, law enforcement officers or factory workers, teachers or religious leaders, health-care providers or retirees. In a nutshell, there is a wide range of tasks that can be undertaken by citizens who are concerned about the drug problem.
      Police currently use a variety of informal and formal procedures to address the problem of drug abuse. Informal means include warnings, escorting the inebriate home or arranging for transportation home, and referring nondisorderly inebriates to civil detoxification facilities and mental health centers...