Drug Market Analysis: An Enforcement Model

The Drug Market Analysis program is a major initiative by the National Institute of Justice to help law enforcement agencies develop and implement mapping information systems to assist in street-level enforcement efforts against illegal drugs, guns, and other crime. The five police departments participating in the program have developed mapping information systems and are employing these systems to improve enforcement tactics.

Several publications submitted to the National Institute of Justice discuss the experiences of the sites with their mapping systems for illegal drug activity. Publications include both technical information (hardware and software considerations) and application information, such as use with community oriented policing, identification of drug markets, and presentations to neighborhood organizations. The five participating sites have been San Diego, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Kansas City, Missouri.