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Accession Number PB2013-102936
Title High Point Drug Market Intervention Strategy.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 56p
Personal Author D. M. Kennedy S. L. Wong
Abstract Drug markets are the scourge of too many communities in the United States. They destroy neighborhoods, a sense of community, and the quality of life. They contribute to crime, shootings, prostitution, assaults, robbery, and have a negative effect on local businesses and on business and residential property values. Police sweeps, buy-bust operations, warrant service, and the arrests and jailing of drug dealers have not eliminated the problem. The drug dealers return, new dealers come into the neighborhood, and the drug markets are quickly back in business. Exasperated by the problem, the High Point (North Carolina) Police Department tried a different tactic and, to the surprise of many, succeeded in eliminating the notorious West End drug market. Creating swift and certain consequences by banking existing drug cases; addressing racial conflict between communities and law enforcement, setting strong community and family standards against dealing; involving dealers family members, and offering education, job training, job placement, and other social services, the police department was able to close the drug market. Buoyed by this success, the police also were able to close three other drug markets in the city using the same tactics. After studying the successes in High Point, other cities across the country have used similar strategies with similar levels of success. The High Point strategy does not solve the drug problem, but by eliminating street drug markets, we can reduce crime, reduce racial conflict, reduce incarceration, build a sense of camaraderie among residents, and turn some dealers lives around. The National Urban League strongly supports this program and urges cities everywhere to follow this approach.
Keywords Businesses
Communities
Crime reduction
Crimes
Drug abuse
Drug control programs
Drug trafficking
Intervention
Law enforcement
Neighborhoods
Police
Quality of life

 
Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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