Drug Market Intervention Strategy
Nassau County Assistant District Attorney
Initiated by District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice of Nassau County, the Hempstead Drug Market Intervention is a nationally recognized effort to eliminate a long-term open-air drug market in Hempstead Village, Long Island in 2008. Evolving out of this project, a rare partnership arose between former offenders – the "Brothers and Sisters" – and the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. The Council of Thought and Action (COTA) has become a movement working to set new community norms and standards against crime, to move former offenders to successful legitimacy, and to reset relationships between the community, offenders, and law enforcement. Assistant District Attorney Risco Mention-Lewis, who has spearheaded this effort, and COTA members Trevis Moore, Carmen Mayo, and Carlos Barros spoke of their experiences at a symposium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Focused Deterrence and the High Point Police Department (2009)
This document sets out the steps taken by the High Police Department in restructuring its operations in order to fully support its focused deterrence approach towards reducing violent crime and shutting down overt drug markets. It explains why departmental realignment is a crucial part of this process and outlines the measures needed to sustain the effort. For a complimentary PowerPoint click here.