Teaching Case - A Denver Neighborhood Tackles Crack

A Denver Neighborhood Tackles Crack


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  • Product Description

    A new "block watch" organization springs up in Denver's Whittier neighborhood, in response to an invasion of big-time drug dealers. In the succeeding months, the organization badgers police and city agencies, some of which had never seen anti-drug activity as their role, for action. When efforts appear to prove successful, there is disagreement as to the role of the community group. Some in city government dismiss block watch organizer Jan Johnson as a gadfly, whose efforts neither galvanized nor otherwise influenced the police department and other agencies. Others see Johnson, who took to calling the police on dozens of occasions, as a key actor in the drama.

    Learning Objective:
    The case allows for discussion of both the immediate topic of police-community relations, as well as more general discussion of the ways in which government entities judge and make use of involved citizens.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 1063.0
    Case Author: Harvey Simon
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 21
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: National Institute of Justice
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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