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N.Y. CITY'S POLICE CHIEF TAKES OFFICE

Former Houston Police Chief Lee Brown Monday took the oath of office as police commissioner, acknowledging the city's fiscal problems but promising "clear vision and firm resolve" against drugs.

A standing-room-only crowd of city and law enforcement officials gave a standing ovation when Mayor David Dinkins said, "Lee, the people of this city are aching. We hate drugs and what they're doing to our communities and our children. We despise the despair caused by crime, and we are ready to join together to take back our streets and our parks, by night as well as by day."

In talking of the city's pervasive drug problem, Brown touched on the need for police involvement with the community and said, "I'm dedicated to the proposition that a police department and the community must join in a partnership of trust, a partnership of competence if we are to meet the challenges which face us."

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