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NCJ Number: 157618 Find in a Library
Title: Strategies for Improving Coordination Between Enforcement and Treatment Efforts in Controlling Illegal Drug Use
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:73-90
Author(s): P W Greenwood
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews what is currently known about interactions between drug law enforcement, prevention, and treatment strategies and identifies a number of problems that impede better coordination between them.
Abstract: Some problems that impede better coordination between law enforcement, prevention, and treatment strategies are organizational incentives, differences in philosophy, and differences in the timing of impacts. One approach for addressing the impediments is to superimpose a new position or agency on top of the others to develop a coordinated policy. An alternative to comprehensive planning and unified control is provided by the concept of limited joint operations or task forces. A third approach somewhat related to the joint task force approach involves establishing an independent agency to provide case management functions that cut across what are traditionally thought to be law-enforcement and treatment-provider roles. A fourth approach involves the assignment of middle-level managers and senior practitioners to liaison posts in sister agencies on either a short-term or part-time basis. Other approaches would involve explicit training and organizational development efforts designed to make officials aware of the problems and provide them with tools that can be used to overcome them. Such sessions could be included as part of the training conferences that law enforcement and treatment officials periodically attend. 29 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Interagency cooperation; Police-social worker cooperation
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