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NCJ Number: 165278 Find in a Library
Title: Multidisciplinary Drug Task Forces in Mississippi: Are They Making a Difference?
Corporate Author: Mississippi State University
Crime and Justice Research Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Governor's Office
Jackson, MS 39205
Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS 39759
Grant Number: 91-NA-700
Sale Source: Mississippi State University
Crime and Justice Research Unit
Starkville, MS 39759
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Mississippi's multijurisdictional drug tasks forces were evaluated using several performance measures: residents' assessments, objective progress data, and task force officers' assessments.
Abstract: Results revealed that Mississippi residents in most task force areas believe that a good chance exists that drug dealers will be arrested and that the police are adequately protecting their communities. Data on arrests, charges, and prosecutions are inclusive due to the lack of timely and accurate data reporting. Nevertheless, it is clear that the task forces are affecting drug trafficking in their jurisdictions. The survey of task force officers indicated that the officers believe that their efforts are reducing drug-related crime in the target areas. Officers reported an increase in the amount of drugs seized and perceived a decline in drug-related crime. Prosecutions in the State were perceived to be decreasing, but the officers reported that the level of drug trafficking is increasing and that drug trafficking is becoming more organized. This finding suggests that the success in arresting small independent, street-level pushers has had the unintended consequence of the development of more organized operations. Officers also reported increased cooperation and communication between law enforcement agencies and the task forces, as well as better shared intelligence and more effective use of investigative resources and personnel. Figures and tables
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Mississippi; Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces
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