Assessing the Impact of Community Policing Interventions: An Analysis of the Martindale-Brightwood Initiative

Kenna Davis Quinet, Indiana Purdue University Indianapolis
Edmund F. McGarrell, Indiana University and Hudson Institute
Sam Nunn, Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis
Kelley Gaffney, Hudson Institute/Indianapolis Police Dept
Donald E. Christ, Indianapolis Police Department

Cities across the United States have implemented many different types of problem solving and community policing programs. This paper describes one such program, specifically a significant intervention in a neighborhood to rid the area of drug dealers and trafficking and the associated violence and crime. In April 1999, after a 10 month long multi-jurisdictional (FBI and Metro Drug Task Force) investigation, 33 search warrants were executed on April 5th and 21 defendants were arrested. The present paper will descibe the nature of the investigation (particularly the resources required) and evaluate the impact, if any, of this intervention project on the number of calls for service (for several different crime categories) in the Martindale-Brightwood area before and after the intervention of April 1999. Preliminary anecdotal evidence from residents and media portrayals project the image of a successful intevention (e.g., a safer neighborhood). Analysis of crime patterns for the year prior to and after the intervention is presented as well as preliminary discussion of the net gains and costs of such interventions.

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