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NCJ Number: 170420 Find in a Library
Title: On the Front Line: Making Gun Interdiction Work
Corporate Author: Ctr to Prevent Handgun Violence
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 105
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr to Prevent Handgun Violence
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: Ctr to Prevent Handgun Violence
1225 Eye Street, NW
Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses law enforcement programs to combat gun trafficking and gun-related violence.
Abstract: In response to a survey questionnaire sent to 37 of America's largest police departments, 100 percent of the respondents reported problems with their gun crime rate, and 70 percent said gun trafficking is a problem. This report compares the random and strategic approaches to interdicting criminal trafficking in firearms and suppressing firearms-related violence. The strategic approach treats gun trafficking, gun crimes and gun offenders as potentially related parts of a bigger picture; focuses on communities' specific gun problems; and brings to bear on the problem all the resources the community can gather. The random approach, which is generally less successful, treats each crime that involves a gun as a separate, independent event, investigated and prosecuted primarily as a self-contained package. The report also discusses: (1) why a strategy is necessary; (2) how to create a strategy; (3) the role of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and (4) case studies in seven cities and one county. Notes, appendixes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE or ATF); Crime specific countermeasures; Criminogenic commodities; Firearm tracing; Firearm-crime relationships; Firearms; Illicit firearms; Police department surveys; Questionnaires; Weapons violations
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