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Community policing calls for comprehensive approaches to the problems of drug abuse and drug-related crime. Trafficking and abusing illicit drugs destroy neighborhoods, contribute to violence and victimization, and often ruin the lives of drug users and their families.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Smart on Crime Initiative acknowledges that the arrest and jailing of drug users and dealers alone has not eliminated the drug problem, which continues to plague the United States. COPS Office resources offer a more holistic community policing approach to combating drug crime problems.

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Break the Cycle: Methamphetamine and Community-Oriented Policing in Indian Country
Addresses the importance and value of tradition and culture in community ownership, prevention, and treatment; identifies innovations and best practices specific to meth production, distribution, and use in Indian country; and provides a series of recommendations for law enforcement and other key stakeholder

Crime Prevention Research Review No. 11: Drug Courts' Effect on Criminal Offending for Juveniles and Adults
Evaluates effectiveness of drug courts in reducing future offending and drug use

Drug Endangered Children: Guide for Law Enforcement
Offers law enforcement professionals practical information on how to develop an effective collaborative response to the complicated issue of drug endangered children

Drug-Impaired Driving
Provides an overview of the problem of drug-impaired driving, reviews risk factors, identifies questions to help analyze the problem, and summarizes responses from evaluative research and police practice

Drug Market Intervention: An Implementation Guide
Provides practical information intended to help law enforcement, community, and social services partners - the strategy's key stakeholders - prepare and successfully execute Drug Market Intervention (DMI) to close overt drug markets

The High Point Drug Market Intervention Strategy
Provides an overview of the High Point (North Carolina) Police Department's new drug strategy that succeeded in eliminating the city's most notorious drug markets in a little over 3 years

Prescription Drug Fraud and Misuse, 2nd Edition
Provides an overview of the problem of prescription drug fraud and misuse, reviews risk factors, identifies questions to help analyze the problem, and summarizes responses from evaluative research and police practice

Partner Organizations

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
A nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Provides multidisciplinary training for communities interested in starting or expanding drug endangered children programs and supports a national network of professionals by providing referrals to experts and by sharing research and best practices

The National Institute on Drug Abuse
Information for students, parents, teachers, professionals, and researchers on drug use and abuse

National Network for Safe Communities
A coalition of police chiefs, prosecutors, and other community stakeholders whose mission is to support the implementation of two highly effective crime reduction strategies: the Group Violence Intervention (first launched in Boston, MA) and the Drug Market Intervention (first launched in High Point, NC)

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
The component within the Executive Office of the President that provides leadership on the nation's drug control strategy and that sponsors the National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign and a federal clearinghouse of methamphetamine information

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