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Vol. XXVII, No. 566 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 30, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
A wedding in the works? Consultant backs merger in Wyoming.
Moto-photos: A CD-ROM “mug shot book” of cars makes its debut.
Red flags: Albuquerque PD rolls out early-warning system for troubled cops.
Playing with blocks: Phone service warns DWIs of police roadblocks.
People & Places: Kelly’s back in town; a change of plans; Galvin’s a goner; vertical mobility; making his voice heard; an outsider’s view.
In? Out? In? Out? Another overhaul is in store for the D.C. homicide unit.
Four-year plan: Milwaukee trims the term of office for police chiefs.
Money on the line: Fed funds are at stake over Megan’s Laws.
Broader horizons: Cincinnati will start looking outside for police chiefs.
Papers, please: Terrorism investigation focuses on college campuses.
Pitching in: S. Carolina A-G wants police cross-deputized as INS agents.
Cleaning up: Moving in after druggies move out.
Crime for the ages: Age matters when it comes to domestic violence.
Forum: Getting the drop on street gangs & terrorists.
Criminal Justice Library: Tony Bouza speaks his mind, like it or not.
Forcing the issue: More bad news for a beleaguered county force.
Attaboy: Poll finds public backing for Providence PD.

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Getting the drop on street gangs & terrorists

      The attack on America on Sept. 11 changed life for everyone — everywhere.
      The events that transformed our world are well known. What is unknown is how we will adjust to these changes. The word “security” has taken on a completely new perspective for each of us.
As commissioner of the largest municipal correctional system in the world, I am well aware of security and its antithesis, violence. From the terrorists, we are quickly learning about violence with a new perspective. Like the terrorists, our street and jail gangs — referred to by us as Security Risk Groups (SRGs) — have adopted different belief systems that are clearly not rational. As criminal justice professionals, the more knowledge we have about the people who perpetrate violence, the greater the sense of security there will be in one’s professional and personal surroundings...