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NCJ Number: 65899 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE WORK AND HOMOSEXUALS
Journal: LAW AND ORDER  Volume:28  Issue:3  Dated:(MARCH 1980)  Pages:52-55
Author(s): E BYRNE
Corporate Author: Copp Organization, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Copp Organization, Inc
New York, NY 10018
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN DEALING WITH HOMOSEXUALS, POLICE MUST PREVENT THEM FROM CREATING PUBLIC SCANDALS AND KEEP A WATCH ON DANGEROUS HOMOSEXUALS.
Abstract: LOUD, OVERT CAMPAIGNS BY POLICE AGAINST HOMOSEXUALS DRIVES THE LATTER UNDERGROUND AND MAY INDUCE SOME OF THEM TO COMMIT MURDER TO KEEP THEIR HOMOSEXUALITY A SECRET. STRONG ANTI-HOMOSEXUAL CAMPAIGNS BY POLICE ALSO HINDER POLICE INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING IN THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY. INSTEAD, POLICE SHOULD KEEP A COVERT, CONTINUOUS WATCH ON THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY TO DISCOVER THE DANGEROUS MEMBERS. FURTHER, POLICE SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON KEEPING THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY FROM OFFENDING PUBLIC MORALITY RATHER THAN FUTILELY TRYING TO STAMP OUT HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITY. IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, HOMOSEXUALITY IS COVERT AND HOMOSEXUALS MAY LEAVE TOWN TO PRESERVE THEIR REPUTATIONS. HOMOSEXUALS SEARCH, OR CRUISE, FOR SEXUAL PARTNERS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND POLICE SHOULD PATROL SUCH AREAS TO PREVENT POSSIBLE VIOLENCE. HOMOSEXUAL OR GAY BARS IN LARGER CITIES DISCOURAGE A GENERAL CLIENTELE BY REFUSING TO ADVERTISE AND HAVING EXPENSIVE COVER CHARGES. OTHER PLACES USED FOR HOMOSEXUAL RENDEZVOUS ARE PUBLIC BATHROOMS, MEN'S ATHLETIC CLUBS, AND ADULT BOOKSTORES. FOR POLICE, THE CHALLENGE IS TO PREVENT HOMOSEXUALITY FROM BECOMING A PUBLIC SCANDAL, WHILE WATCHING INDIVIDUAL HOMOSEXUALS WHOSE SEXUAL ACTIVITY SINGLES THEM OUT FOR PROSECUTION. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Homosexuality; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police intelligence operations; Public Attitudes/Opinion
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