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Mazerolle, Lorraine and Eggins, Elizabeth and Higginson, Angela (2020) Street-level drug law enforcement: an updated meta-analytic review. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

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The Global Policing Database is used to update a 2007 systematic review of the impact of street-level law enforcement interventions on drug crime and drug-related calls-for-service. A total of 26 studies (reported in 29 documents) were eligible for this updated review. Eighteen of the 26 studies reported sufficient data to calculate effect sizes.

We find that, overall, street-level policing approaches are effective in reducing drug crime, particularly those involving partnerships. We also find that geographically targeted law enforcement interventions are more effective in reducing drug crime than standard, unfocused approaches. Approaches that target larger problem areas for intervention are more effective for reducing drug crime (but not calls-for-service) than approaches that focus on micro problem places.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Report, Review
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Crime prevention
September 2020
Identification #
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no,599
20 p.
Australian Institute of Criminology
Place of Publication

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