Drug Law Enforcement: A review of the evaluation literature

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Soole, David and Rombouts, Sacha (2007) Drug Law Enforcement: A review of the evaluation literature. Police Quarterly, 10 2: 115-153. doi:10.1177/1098611106287776

Author Mazerolle, Lorraine
Soole, David
Rombouts, Sacha
Title Drug Law Enforcement: A review of the evaluation literature
Journal name Police Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1098-6111
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1098611106287776
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 115
End page 153
Total pages 39
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
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. © 2007 Sage Publications.
Keyword Drug law enforcement
Police strategies
Third-party policing
Problem-oriented policing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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