Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXXI, No. 629 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY February 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Mass. roundup: Voluntary DNA dragnet seen as key to Cape Cod murder. Page 1.
Try, try again: New York finally eases hardh 1970’s drug laws. Page 4.
When cops are the victims: Prosecutors are ready to step in. Page 4.
Double dose: Bad news on top of bad news in Boston. Page 4.
Baring arms (and more): Houston cops can now get naked with hookers. Page 5.
Sounding the alarm: Verified response comes to California. Page 5.
People & Places: New hands at the helm; oldie but goodie; dual identity; Monroe’s doctrine; model detective; rotten timing; breaking ’em up. Pages 6, 7.
Looking back: James Q. Wilson & George Kelling look at “Broken Windows,” 22 years later. Pages 8, 9.
Making house calls: NYPD sees results against domestic homicide. Page 11.
A click away: Connecticut to put anti-crime info at cops’ fingertips. Page 11.
Virtual reality nightmare: Online rape fantasy raises N.J. concerns. Page 11.
Criminal Justice Library: Stressed-out cops, and one despicable rogue. Page 12.
Forum: Memo to officials — cops vote! Page 13.
Time Capsules: 25 years ago in LEN. Page 15.

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Slocumb, Roberts:
Memo to public officials: Cops vote!

     One of the ironies that becomes apparent when speaking with law enforcement officers is their reluctance to base their votes on pocketbook issues that impact them and their families. We have long tended to back law-and-order candidates, the death penalty, conservative judges and tougher sentencing. Less importance, it seems, is accorded a commitment to collective bargaining, overtime, due process for law enforcement officers and myriad other issues directly affecting our pocketbooks and working environment.

     The trend continues. This year, with the support of many peace officers in Indiana, a new Governor was elected. Inaugurated on Jan. 10, Gov. Mitch Daniels’ first order of business on his first full day in office was to repeal an executive order giving state employees collective bargaining and voiding the labor agreements reached by the prior governor. ...