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High Point Drug Market Intervention: Examining Impact Across Target Areas and Offense Types

NCJ Number
Victims and Offenders Volume: 8 Issue: 4 Dated: October-December 2013 Pages: 416-445
Nicholas Corsaro
Date Published
October 2013
30 pages
This article discusses the High Point Drug Market Intervention (DMI).
The High Point Police Department in North Carolina was the first law enforcement agency to implement a series of "pulling levers" interventions in specific neighborhoods in order to reduce crime problems associated with street-level drug markets. The High Point Drug Market Intervention (DMI) has since received considerable attention among practitioner and researcher audiences given the promise of the strategy seen in prior research. However, no study to date has examined the relative impacts across the different target neighborhood contexts as well as among crime outcomes within High Point. A series of interrupted time series models indicates the initial neighborhood (West End) experienced the greatest offense reductions between the preintervention and postintervention period. The second site (Daniel Brooks) showed more modest crime declines, and the latter two sites (Southside and East Central) did not demonstrate significant crime changes. Potential explanations and directions for future studies are discussed in this paper. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.