Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, Nos. 591, 592 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY January 15/31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: FOP in mourning; Flynn gets it; time for change; doing more with less; Timoney’s Miami welcome; Norris’s new challenge.
Me & my big mouth: Use of force linked to a suspect’s backtalk to police.
Less bang for the buck: Impact of new “smart-gun” laws questioned.
Lightening up: The weight of the law eases for some Connecticut juvies.
Shades of gray: Traffic-stop data doesn’t answer profiling question.
A clearer picture: Sioux Falls seeks insight into police aggressiveness.
Lights, camera, interrogation: DC gets set to videotape suspects.
Game over: Unconscious bias may guide shoot/don’t shoot decisions.
Who’s the felon? Cracking down on bounty hunters with criminal records.
On the attack: DC reworks the data to bring down aggravated assaults.
Sticking to its guns: The NYPD believes it was right in 1989 jogger assault.
Flag flap: Why a Utah cop is seeing red, white & blue.
Easing the crunch: Michigan ends mandatory minimum drug terms.
Forum: Talk is a problem, so DC takes action; wrongful convictions hurt everyone.
Finger-pointing: NYPD prepares pilot test of new high-tech ID cards.
More women wanted: LAPD eyes mentoring program to boost female ranks.

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Talking is problematic, so DC takes action

     More than a year after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the country remains wholeheartedly focused on strengthening its levels of security and readiness for crises. “Emergency preparedness” has become a common expression and, now more than ever, cities and counties throughout the U.S. are pursuing initiatives to prepare for unexpected tragedies.

     The government of the District of Columbia is revamping its communications technologies as one of many steps to improve its level of emergency services to its residents. The District needs faster, more reliable communications to eliminate life-threatening interruptions. During the Sept. 11 attacks, for example, many of the District’s emergency wireless and telephone communication systems, which relied on the public switched telephone network, experienced overload triggered by heavy call volume, which in turn slowed the pace of response for the D.C. Metropolitan Police...

Wrongful convictions hurt everyone

     A growing number of reports about innocent people being released from prison have sparked increasing interest in exploring ways to reduce these mistaken convictions.

     It should come as no surprise that police departments support efforts to improve the system of justice to cut down the number of wrongful convictions. No one wants to see innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit...