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THE FBI "LEB":
71 Years of Shared Law Enforcement Expertise

09/02/03

It was all the way back on September 1st in 1932 that the FBI first published Fugitives Wanted by Police for the U.S. law enforcement community -- a monthly brochure that was to become the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (LEB) 3 years later. Eleven stencil-typed pages of names, descriptions, charges, aliases like "Big Boy" and "Two Gun Neal," and police contacts--it was an experiment "to amplify and render of increased value the current exchange of criminal identification data among the United States Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement officials in this country and abroad."

"From small beginnings," as the saying goes.

Fugitives was such a hit with police that its use was extended to become a clearing house for successful police methods, news, statistics, and "scientific methods in crime detection and criminal apprehension." In fact, the very first issue of the October 1, 1935, LEB included articles on: "Diphenylamine Test for Gun Powder," "Seasonal Robbery Trend," "Fingerprint Safeguards," and "Dacyloscopic Identification of Cadavers."

Today, the LEB is more a forum than a magazine. It is written by and for the entire U.S. law enforcement community. It comments on cases. Highlights new investigative techniques. Discusses legal issues. Talks about trends. Profiles forensic research, evolving technologies, and critical issues in the field.

Some 250,000 professionals read the LEB each month. And you can too. It went online in 1991--check out the August 2003 edition in our publication section, with articles on a task force approach to drunk drivers/boaters; "air rage"; recognizing "Munchausen syndrome" behavior; and the legalities of "spousal privilege" in federal law.

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