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NCJ Number: 250832 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Market Initiative Implementation Guide and Lessons Learned
Author(s): Natalie Kroov and Hipple; Edmund F. McGarrell
Date Published: March 2012
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008-DD-BX-0338; 2009-SC-B9-K002
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews the features, implementation, effectiveness, and lessons of the drug market initiatives conducted by North Carolina’s High Point Police Department (HPPD).
Abstract: Preliminary results of the evaluation of the High Point West End Drug Market Initiative (DMI) indicate that it contributed to statistically significant reductions in violent crime and drug-related crimes in the West End of High Point. Rather than focusing on individual drug users and sellers, the DMI developed by the HPPD has focused on shutting down drug markets. The DMI has four intertwined goals: 1) eliminating open-air drug markets; 2) returning the neighborhood to the residents; 3) reducing crime and disorder; and 4) improving the public’s safety and quality of life. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and other local officials focus on the arrest and prosecution of the chronic and violent offenders while offering second chances and social support to lower level participants in the drug market. As the drug market is dismantled in a targeted neigthborhood, community leaders urge residents to seize control of public areas for activities that improve the quality of life that nurtures positive influences and development of youth at risk of joining gangs. This implementation and lessons-learned guide is organized into nine basic steps for implementing a DMI similar to that of the HPPD. Four steps involve targeting the drug market through crime mapping, a survey, incident review, and undercover operations. The fifth step is to mobilize the community for participation in efforts to change the use of public spaces to improve the quality of life of residents. The four remaining steps address efforts to identify and monitor chronic and violent offenders in the community, informing them that their actions are under constant scrutiny and any offense will be met with swift and severe sanctions. 15 references
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Drug law enforcement; Drug Related Crime; Gang violence; North Carolina; Violence prevention
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