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NCJ Number: 123671 Find in a Library
Title: Crime File: Drugs - Community Response
Series: NIJ Crime Files
Corporate Author: C F Productions, Inc.
United States of America
Project Director: J Vogt
Date Published: 1990
Sponsoring Agency: C F Productions, Inc.
Reston, VA 22090
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 90-IJ-CX-0004
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Document: Video (28:43)
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following a segment that describes an organized neighborhood response to drug trafficking in Philadelphia, this video presents a panel discussion of the effectiveness of this program and community drug control efforts in a section of Los Angeles.
Abstract: The video opens with a profile of the work of some 60 Philadelphia neighborhood groups that organize residents to occupy the streets from dusk to dawn, specifically spots where drugs are sold. They cooperate with the police in reporting drug activity and other crimes. They also board up abandoned buildings used as "crack houses." In the panel discussion, Herman Wrice, one of the Philadelphia community organizers, describes how the seriousness of the drug impact in neighborhoods has stirred residents to sustained action. Captain Gordon Harrison, community officer of a division in the Los Angeles Police Department, describes his division's use of foot patrol, clean-ups, and police-citizen cooperation in addressing drug problems in a 30-block area. Wesley Skogan, professor of urban affairs at Northwestern University notes the difficulty of sustaining neighborhood responses to crime and suggests a focus on housing and youth programs.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): California; Drug law enforcement; Foot patrol; Pennsylvania
Note: From the Crime File Series, videotape, 28 min. 30 sec.
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