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Vol. XXX, No. 623 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 2004

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
No mere oversight: Denver gets plan for police monitor. Page 1.
Thrust & parry: Traffic cameras & the motorists who try to foil them. Page 1.
Now you see it: Revenue stream dries up for NY towns. Page 1.
Oops: ATF loses track of explosives, gun dealers. Page 4.
The long haul: Will Riverside opt to keep its review board? Page 4.
Sweet revenge: Humans may be hard-wired for vengeance. Page 4.
Law enforcement, ink: Agency rethinks policy on officers’ tattoos. Page 5.
Keeping tabs: Cops track hookers, who return the favor. Page 5.
People & Places: He’s got game; Sterling addition; cutting their losses; staying nearby; the real blue knight; race-bias twists & turns. Pages 6, 7.
The master plan: Recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. Page 8.
LEN interview: Terrorism expert Brian M. Jenkins. Pages 9-11.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules. Page 12.
Forum: The need for a homeland security auxiliary; what the 9/11 panel missed. Page 13.

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Needed: A new homeland security auxiliary

     After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States began to rebuild its Sky Marshal organization, update its psychological screening profiles, arm its commercial airline pilots, and to modernize and federalize the inspection of passengers and luggage. Such efforts are based on the “target-hardening” approach to crime prevention. In the 1970s, similar efforts significantly helped to reduce skyjacking.

     Moreover, after 9/11, the public at large was asked to assume a greater role in controlling terrorism. All Americans were encouraged to be on high alert for any telltale signs — such as suspicious packages or strangers — that could imply that preparations were being made for terrorist actions. The threat of biological terrorism became a concern after letters containing a deadly strain of anthrax were found in the mail, leading to several deaths. ...