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Drug law enforcement : a review of the evaluation literature

Mazerolle, Lorraine , Soole, David W., & Rombouts, Sacha (2007) Drug law enforcement : a review of the evaluation literature. Police Quarterly, 10(2), pp. 115-153.

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Abstract

This article describes the results of a systematic review of drug law enforcement evaluations. The authors describe the search procedures and document the results in five main categories: international/national interventions (e.g., interdiction and drug seizure), reactive/ directed interventions (e.g., crackdowns, raids, buy-busts, saturation patrol, etc.), proactive/ partnership interventions (e.g., third-party policing, problem-oriented policing, community policing, drug nuisance abatement, etc.), individualized interventions (e.g., arrest referral and diversion), or interventions that used a combination of reactive/directed and proactive/ partnership strategies. Results indicate that proactive interventions involving partnerships between the police and third parties and/or community entities appear to be more effective at reducing both drug and nondrug problems in drug problem places than are reactive/ directed approaches. But the general quality of research in drug law enforcement is poor, the range of interventions that have been evaluated is limited, and more high-quality research is needed across a greater variety of drug interventions.

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ID Code: 45426
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: drug law enforcement, police strategies, third-party policing, problem-oriented policing, proactive policing
DOI: 10.1177/1098611106287776
ISSN: 1552-745X (online) 1098-6111 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sage Publications, Inc.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2011 09:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 08:02

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