Case #1223.0

Closing the Market: Controlling the Drug Trade in Tampa, Florida

Publication Date: January 01, 1991
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The advent of "crack" cocaine in the mid-1980s hit Tampa, Florida like other American cities: hard. Among the crack-related phenomena which arose was that of the open-air drug market, outdoor gatherings of bold and violent drug dealers who seemed beyond the reach of law enforcement. Yet by 1991, such open-air drug dealing was largely a thing of the past in Tampa. This case tells the story of a series of innovative steps by Tampa police which they called QUAD: Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs. QUAD sought not to arrest and incarcerate drug dealers but, rather, to restore public order by undermining the conditions which made drug dealing possible. The case is of special use to those interested in community policing techniques.

Other Details

Case Author:
David Kennedy
Faculty Lead:
David Kennedy
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
Funding Source:
National Institute of Justice