Mike's Thoughts


Division Training Coordinator, D.E.A., United States Department of Justice

"Thanks to Mr. Knox's presentation, our agent personnel now have another tool to use to combat drugs (gang activity) in our communities."

Mike's Thoughts

Targeted Zero Tolerence; a successful model

By Mike Knox

 Traditional zero tolerance practices of police agencies are an effective short term method of regaining control of a neighborhood overrun with gang activity or crime.  However, it has limitations.  Among these limitations, particularly with sustained zero tolerance, is the policing agency runs the risk of alienating the community it strives to serve.  A more targeted and systematic approach to gangs could eliminate specific gangs from any community.

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