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Vol. XXIX, No. 604 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY August 31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Family affairs; just like in the movies; leaving Shreveport; back in uniform; lending an ear; Klockars dead at 57.
Changing its stripes: Philly sex crimes unit has a new look & attitude.
Now & zen: Putting the ‘peace’ back in peace officers.
Walking the walk: Study says cops respond to supervisors who get down in the trenches.
Attaboy: NYPD riding wave of public support.
In good hands: Insurance coverage for graffiti victims.
Thanks, I think: Traffic tickets seen as potential life savers
Weighing the options: Balt. council unsure about police plan to issue citations for minor crimes.
Beyond borders: What prompted Delaware’s witness protection program?
Not so fast: Mexican ID cards are popular, but not with the FBI.
Covering their rear: Ford to offer new fix for Crown Vics.
No relief: Cell-phone interference still plagues communications.
Forum: Successful enterprise implementation.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.
Shedding light: Court orders files unsealed on rogue troopers.

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     After years of using a proprietary and often antiquated system, the time inevitably comes when an agency needs to invest in and implement a new enterprise system, including new hardware technology, more flexible software that ties in to standard office software, as well as a more robust and integrated network. The responsible information technology (IT) manager will recognize this need and take action.

     Implementing a new enterprise software solution can be a daunting task. One must evaluate prospective vendors, plan required hardware upgrades, prepare for data conversions from the old system to the new, evaluate existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) that were written to the old (“legacy”) system and train the staff on the new software and updated SOPs. These tasks prove challenging for even the most astute IT managers. However, there are ways to dramatically increase an agency’s opportunity for a successful implementation of enterprise software...