Street-level drug law enforcement : a meta-analytical review

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Soole, David W., & Rombouts, Sacha (2006) Street-level drug law enforcement : a meta-analytical review. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 2(4), pp. 409-435.

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Our paper presents the results of a meta-analytical review of street level drug law enforcement. We conducted a series of meta-analyses to compare and contrast the effectiveness of four types of drug law enforcement approaches, including community-wide policing, problem-oriented/ partnership approaches that were geographically focused, hotspots policing and standard, unfocused law enforcement efforts. We examined the relative impact of these different crime control tactics on streetlevel drug problems as well as associated problems such as property crime, disorder and violent crime. The results of the meta-analyses, together with examination of forest plots, reveal that problem-oriented policing and geographically-focused interventions involving cooperative partnerships between police and third parties tend to be more effective at controlling drug problems than community-wide policing efforts that are unfocused and spread out across a community. But geographically focused and community-wide drug law enforcement interventions that leverage partnerships are more effective at dealing with drug problems than traditional, law enforcement-only interventions. Our results suggest that the key to successful drug law enforcement lies in the capacity of the police to forge productive partnerships with third parties rather than simply increasing police presence or intervention (e.g., arrests) at drug hotspots.

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ID Code: 45944
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: drug law enforcement, meta-analysis, police partnerships, policing hotspots, problem-oriented policing, street-level drug problems
DOI: 10.1007/s11292-006-9017-6
ISSN: 1573-3750
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
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
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2011 23:31
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2011 23:31

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