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NCJ Number: 163491 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs and Crime Across America: Police Chiefs Speak Out
Corporate Author: Peter D. Hart Research Associates
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Strategies
Washington, DC 20036
Peter D. Hart Research Associates
Washington, DC 20009
Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Foundation
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America

Drug Strategies
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: http://www.policefoundation.org 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report contains the findings of a national survey of chiefs of police regarding drug abuse.
Abstract: The majority of police chiefs in the United States regard drug abuse as a major problem. Fifty-eight percent of more than 300 police chiefs interviewed regard drug abuse as a serious problem in their communities, ahead of domestic violence, property crimes and violent crimes. Police chiefs also expressed an urgent need for a more balanced approach to solving these problems, including prevention, education and treatment as well as interdiction, enforcement and punishment. Limitations in dealing with drug problems include: (1) not enough places in treatment programs; (2) limited resources for law enforcement; (3) limited resources for school-based prevention; (4) insufficient efforts to cut off drug supply; (5) low conviction rates for drug dealers; and (6) low conviction rates for drug users. Results of this survey confirm that law enforcement alone cannot solve the drug problem. Any effective strategy must involve the community and its full range of institutions. The report includes a copy of the survey instrument.
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community resources; Community support; Drug abuse; Drug abuse education; Drug information; Police; Police-citizen interactions; Statistics; Surveys
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