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Castro commits Cuba to an agricultural future
New York — In the next six pages, policemen take the floor. David Durk, an Amherst graduate who is a detective in the NYPD, has pounded a beat in Harlem. He speaks for himself, not for the Department. In the interviews that follow his article, Patricia Lynden has changed policemen's names. She has covered the New York police for Newsweek.
New York — A police commissioner who refers to his Lafcadio Hearn first editions as “my collection of Hearnia" cannot be all bad, as a former deputy commissioner makes clear in this affectionate remembrance of the band of Irish Americans who used to run the show. Mr. Dougherty is now New York bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.
Detroit — Nearly two years after the fearsome race riots of 1967, this city still seethes with tension. “The lines for combat are drawn,”writes William Serrin, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. He portrays a city angrily divided and not at all certain about who controls the streets.
Boston — “It’s not that we’re against anyone having a good time,”says one of Boston’s vice squad patrolmen, “but prostitutes bring the mug boys, the addicts, the robberies, the serious assaults.”Bruce McCabe is a thirty-one-year-old reporter for the Boston Herald Traveler. The names he uses are not the real ones.
Everyone wants a better police force, but the disturbing conclusion of most police experts is that the proper remedies are still to be tried. The author, whose recently published Varieties of Police Behavior (Harvard University Press) promises to become a classic in the field, outlines the sources of disagreement and chronicles past frustrations with reform. Professor Wilson teaches government at Harvard and is a former director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies.