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Broward County Truancy Program Trips Juvenile Crime

December 18, 2002
Although it's not illegal for students to skip school in the state of Florida, Broward County authorities saw a correlation between truancy and crime and enlisted the Sheriff's Office in an anti-truancy program. The result has been a marked drop in both truancy and youth crime.

California Cold Hit DNA Program Cracks Baffling Cases

December 18, 2002
In the last few years, California cops and prosecutors have scored 200 cold hits from DNA databases. That sounds impressive, but during the same time period, Virginia scored 1,000. California is clearly lagging behind many other states when it comes to exploiting 21st-century forensic technology, but that may be changing.

Book Offers Police Help in Crime Mapping

December 18, 2002
A new book addresses the obstacles and answers in developing regional crime mapping. The 130-page report, called "Mapping Across Boundaries: Regional Crime Analysis," was developed for police agency personnel and students of mapping who want to enhance crime control and prevention efforts.

Police Balk at City Demand for Parking Fee

December 18, 2002
Toronto police have had it with the city's demand for parking fees in an underground structure at city hall. The city recently ended a 25-year policy that allowed police vehicles on official business to park in the garage for free, and the police department is refusing to pay.

Rankings of Unsafe Cities Called Into Question

December 11, 2002
Several criminologists dispute a new report by a private publishing company that ranks unsafe cities, saying the ranking is based on flimsy and flawed methods.

Senator Criticizes CIA's Sept. 11 Intelligence

December 11, 2002
A Senate intelligence committee leader has criticized a congressional inquiry into Sept. 11-related intelligence failures as too soft on U.S. agencies, especially the CIA.

Grocery Stores Install Biometric Technology

December 11, 2002
Many small supermarkets are investing in personal identification systems to crack down on check-cashing fraud.

Course Gives Teens a Taste of Law Enforcement Careers

December 11, 2002
A 10-week program in Los Angeles' Valley introduces high school students to fire and police careers with hands-on learning.

Free CD-ROM Offers 14 Training Programs

December 11, 2002
SAVANT has launched a new free CD-ROM containing 14 computer-based training programs on separation sciences, all of which can be installed directly from the CD.

Airports Seize 15,982 Knives Over Holiday Weekend

December 4, 2002
Almost 16,000 pocket knives, 98 boxcutters, six guns, and a brick were seized at airports during the recent Thanksgiving weekend.
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