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Vol. XXVIII, No. 575 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 15, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Blood ties; air heads; heading home; in the thick of things.
Now you see them, now you don’t: Departments make changes at the top.
First aid, not worst aid: Getting smart about medical response.
The truth is out there: FCC admits cell-phones interfere with police radios.
Red faces in Denver: Police intelligence practices are criticized.
Hold the line: DoJ officials say ‘no’ to easing penalties for crack.
It’s not over yet: Crime continues to drop in some cities.
If it’s not broken: IACP wants bank heists left in FBI’s hands.
Later for loitering law: Madison will let anti-drug ordinance expire.
Let’s do lunch: A new dimension in cultural diversity training.
Hit the road, Grandma: Supreme Court upholds controversial drug eviction policy.
Forum: A model of collaboration to fight domestic violence.
Letters: Feedback from our readers.
Spurred into action: As robberies rise, British cops will expand stop & search practices.

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A model of collaboration in New Mexico

     It’s a short trip from the county courthouse in downtown Gallup, N.M., and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department on the other side of town, where officers construct policing strategies for the county. It’s a considerably longer trip from that same sheriff’s department to the Peacemaker Court in Crownpoint, N.M., on the sprawling Navajo reservation. Still, officers in McKinley County have come to utilize both of these models of justice in their work. It depends on the problem at hand.

      Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in the county, as it is in many other jurisdictions nationwide. To help solve the problem, the sheriff’s department has turned to its neighbors in Crownpoint. On any weekday you are likely to find some of the peacemakers of the eastern district of the Navajo Nation working in the sheriff’s department in Gallup, helping families deal with domestic violence...