Collapsing the Drug Market

When the police department in High Point, N.C., began implementing a strategy to reduce drug crime in its West End neighborhood two years ago,...
by | May 6, 2007

When the police department in High Point, N.C., began implementing a strategy to reduce drug crime in its West End neighborhood two years ago, there were about 16 known crack houses in the area. Today, drug-related crime has dropped 25 percent in the area, and the initiative's success has brought the police department numerous accolades. The Overt Drug Market Strategy is a law enforcement/community partnership aimed at collapsing drug markets and reducing violence by directly engaging dealers and their families. It targets dealers by aggressively prosecuting the most violent ones and giving the others a second chance: Either stop dealing and get help with getting an education, a job and access to community services, or go to prison. Since its launch, the initiative has been implemented in two additional neighborhoods, and has been replicated across the state and nation. To learn more, call the department at 336-887-7940.