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
small beginnings," as the saying goes.
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."
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.
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.