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Police Issues is intended to help police professionals and criminal justice faculty and students keep informed about significant developments and emerging issues in law enforcement and criminal justice. Unless otherwise noted, everything is the bloggerís original work.

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About the Blogger

My name is Julius Wachtel, although most everyone calls me ďJay.Ē Itís a nickname I used while working undercover in Phoenix and that  stuck through the years. I retired in 1998 after 23 years as an ATF special agent and supervisor. Most of my work was in gun trafficking, with duty stations in Phoenix, Helena and Los Angeles. I also served as a police sergeant in Oregon and as an Army MP in Vietnam and stateside. Since 1998 Iíve been employed as a criminal justice lecturer at Cal State Fullerton. Click here for my resume and here for my class website.

My education includes a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, an MS in Criminal Justice from Arizona State, and a B.S. in Police Science and Administration from Cal State Los Angeles. Links to three of my published articles are here, here, and here.

Other than policing, Iím interested in crime and justice during the Soviet era. My book ďStalinís Witnesses,Ē a historical novel about the Moscow Show Trials of 1936-1938, was published by Knox Robinson in December 2012. My current project is Police Issues. I hope you enjoy it!

By the way, please donít let anything on this blog reflect on anyone but me. Unless itís specifically attributed to someone else itís all my own hot air.

And thanks for reading! 


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