ʺI think people had just resigned themselves to the fact that drug markets and related problems were a way of life and that we were ineffective in trying to stop it. That was reflected in the fact that people in these areas, many times stopped calling the police because they felt we couldn't or wouldn't do anything about it.ʺ-former Deputy Chief Paul Kennedy
In 2006, the Providence Police Department implemented the Drug Market Intervention in the Lockwood section of Providence. A year after its implementation, calls for police services decreased by 58 percent, reported drug crime decreased by 70 percent, and drug calls to police decreased by 81 percent. Lt. Gannon maintained strong community relations and helped lead a follow-up initiative in 2009, closing the open air drug market in Chad Brown.
A new Massachusetts-based group, the National Medical Council on Gun Violence, says it’s time to go beyond asking patients if they have access to a gun. “If people don’t know what to do when they get a ‘yes,’ then they’re never going to screen for it,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, who helped organize the “Caring for Patients at Risk for Gun Violence: Medical, Legal, & Ethical Issues” conference at Baystate Medical Center on Dec 6th.
Lt. Daniel E. Gannon is a 25 year veteran of the Providence Police Department in Rhode Island. A year after the implementation of the Drug Market Initiative, calls for police services decreased by 58 percent, reported drug crime decreased by 70 percent, and drug calls to police decreased by 81 percent. Lt. Gannon maintained strong community relations and helped lead a follow-up initiative in 2009.
By 2009, Wilmington, Delaware ranked third-highest in violent crime for U.S. cities its size. The News Journal highlights Providence's successful model of dealing with chronic violence, transforming once-corroded neighborhoods through community policing and social services strategy. UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman argues that poverty and racism cannot be fixed until the crime problem is under control. During the same decade, several other cities including Cincinnati; Nashville, Tennessee; Rockford, Illinois; and Raleigh and High Point, North Carolina have used the new ideas about deterring crime to effectively wipe out their most infamous drug markets. The ideas also are being applied to gang crime, domestic violence and probation.