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Vol. XXXI, No. 630 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY March 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Name game: Identity theft is becoming more of a police matter.
Moving targets: LA cops get new rules for shooting at (and from) vehicles.
Ganging up: Rochester delivers an ultimatum to gang-bangers.
Now you see íem...: Police hiring isnít keeping pace with retiring.
Problems solved? POST boards tackle decertifying officers with checkered pasts.
No second chances: Discipline code puts Pa. troopers on notice.
School daze: The New Mexico SP wants to keep its college requirement.
People & Places: No time for sergeant; big-screen lawman; the next assignment; language is no barrier; mission accomplished; another slice of life.
In the courts: A roundup of recent criminal justice rulings.
Making minutes count: Warrants just got easier in W. Va. county.
The LEN interview: Fargo, N.D., Police Chief Chris Magnus.
Criminal Justice Library: Mother-and-son con artists; moving ahead with the LAPD.
Forum: The chiefís role in promoting science & technology.

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The chiefís role in promoting science & tech

     One of the consequences of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was to turn the spotlight of media attention onto the use of science and technology by public safety agencies. But as those in the police world know, the use of science and technology to support police operations is a trend that began several decades ago. Most agencies, even relatively small ones, now rely on a wide range of sophisticated systems and equipment to help them to fight crime and respond to calls for service, and those agencies that are too small to manage their own scientific support services usually have arrangements with neighboring departments to provide whatever help is necessary. Just how much of the dramatic fall in crime experienced by most large cities since the mid-1990ís is due to the application of science and technology to traditional police work is an open question, but there is no doubt that its role has been more than marginal.

     Still, most police agency chiefs feel uncomfortable with science and technology. Very few have had any formal training in managing them or experience of using them operationally. Most chiefs, therefore, tend to delegate responsibility for science and technology to subordinates. ...