Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXX, No. 621 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Reasons to smile: The 2003 UCR offers plenty.
No blinking: A new set of eyes for investigators.
A nose for contraband: On the job with the Beagle Brigade.
Sketchy profile? Promising yet troubling new DNA technique.
Promoting trouble: Staff crisis at the FBI.
Shots fired: Making it easier to track their origin.
Candid camera: Nefarious uses for cell phones.
People & Places: Cleared for takeoff; worldly wise; repeat performance; unwelcome spotlight; long-term thinking; ready for a closeup in Big D; Baltimore no-hitter; family affair.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Alien encounters: Immigration enforcement beckons Va. troopers.
The LEN Interview: Pittsburgh Police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr.
Criminal Justice Library: Powerful truths in “Kill Zone”
Criminal Justice Library: How Compstat changed the landscape.
Forum: The chronology of a gun; a thankless but important research task.
Oh, give me a home: Sheriff’s web site lets buyers know if a house was once a meth lab.

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The chronology of a gun

     The shooting death of Omaha Police Sgt. Jason Pratt highlights a frequently asked question in the Omaha community, as police officers, community leaders and the average citizen all ponder, “How do criminals get their guns?”

     A recent investigation conducted by the Omaha Police Department shows how a .357 handgun traveled among six people during four short months, including armed drug dealers, law-abiding citizens, and hard-core gang members. ...