Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVIII, Nos. 581, 582 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July/August 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Going, going, not gone; magnetic Compass; Palmerís one regret; African adventure; Parkerís new challenge; cop wants you sauced; Earl change.
The partyís over: UCR sees reversal in crime decline.
Bad-neighbor policy: Side effects of college binge drinking.
A new look: Changes OKíd in federal death benefits for cops.
Cold cases on the menu: Society of sleuths tackles frustrating cases.
Virtual education: CJ masterís degree is now online.
Now you see them, now you donít: Changes in police leadership.
Goodbye, cruel world: Training cops to respond to animal abuse.
A better mousetrap: Improved DNA method holds promise.
Radical surgery: Britain responds to rising violent crime with plans for sweeping change.
LEN interview: North Miami Beach, Fla., Police Chief Bill Berger, president of the IACP.
Forum: Wake up, policing, the honeymoon is over; Mr. Magoo vs. the terrorists.
Criminal Justice Library: Policingís impact on domestic violence, and vice versa; the idiotís guide to wiseguys.

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Wake up ó the honeymoonís almost over

     Maybe I really am Chicken Little or a common scold, but I think the unexpected and wholly undeserved street crime and violence honeymoon of the late 1990s and early 21st century is about to end. And, from all accounts, it is clear that police departments across the nation are in trouble ó and in denial.

      In the first instance, the demographics of the ďat-risk male populationĒ are, after a respite, turning against the recent trend, and the underlying problems of poverty racism and economic exclusion have been neither ameliorated nor addressed. Just look at the 2000 census...

Weaver, Ulrich:
Mr. Magoo vs. the terrorists

     About two months before he spearheaded the most deadly domestic terrorist attack in United States history, Mohammed Atta should have been in police custody. On July 5, 2001, Atta was stopped in Palm Beach County, Fla., for a traffic violation. The incident was handled as a routine matter and Atta was released. Yet, in neighboring Broward County there was an outstanding bench warrant for Atta for failure to appear in court on an invalid license charge.

      Atta remained free because police in Palm County werenít able to access the records of their counterparts in Broward County. The simple, horrible truth is this: Atta wasnít detained because the CIA, FBI, INS and Florida law-enforcement agencies didnít have the technology to share information. They still donít. Much of our homelandís insecurity comes down to this: Americaís law-enforcement community has an inventory management problem. Target Corporation has better information systems to track the socks at its 1,028 stores than law-enforcement agencies have for tracking criminals and potential terrorists...