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Abstract: This case focuses on community responses to the drug problem. It examines one approach to police-community relations in which the police provide technical support to fledgling community groups, hoping to enlist the eyes and ears of concerned citizens in efforts to identify and arrest drug dealers. In the very poor Boston neighborhood portrayed, organizing such a group proves difficult, and results are ambiguous.
Learning Objective: The case allows for discussion of the reasons for government to enlist community aid and the difficulties inherent in doing so, particularly in very poor neighborhoods.