The wasteful legacy of Clinton's 100,000 new cops plan.

Who's winning, who's losing, and why.
Nov. 12 2001 3:38 PM

Invisible COPS 

How Clinton's plan to field 100,000 new police turned into a pork barrel as usual.

 

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Given the fear of street crime that gripped the nation a decade ago in the wake of the crack epidemic of the '80s, dumping a lot of money and police on the problem may have been a defensible response. Today, with terrorism the dominant anxiety and the promise of COPS still unproven, it's a luxury we can no longer afford.