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Evaluating a Policing Strategy Intended To Disrupt an Illicit Street-Level Drug Market

NCJ Number
Evaluation Review Volume: 34 Issue: 6 Dated: 2010 Pages: 513-548
Date Published
36 pages

This article reports on a study that examined a strategic policing initiative implemented in a high crime neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee, using a mixed-methodological evaluation approach to provide (a) a descriptive process assessment of program fidelity; (b) an interrupted time-series analysis relying upon generalized linear models; and (c) in-depth resident interviews. 


Results indicate that the initiative corresponded with a statistically significant reduction in drug and narcotics incidents as well as perceived changes in neighborhood disorder within the target community. There was less-clear evidence, however, of a significant impact on other outcomes examined. The implications that an intensive crime prevention strategy corresponded with a reduction in specific forms of neighborhood crime illustrates the complex considerations that law enforcement officials face when deciding to implement this type of crime prevention initiative. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2010