Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Community Policing

Citizens can play an instrumental role in making youth alcohol and drug use prevention a public health and safety priority. They can affect the way law enforcement, government agencies, and public officials implement and enforce public policy. They can also become allies with law enforcement, serving as a "first watch" for troubled areas. They can form neighborhood crime watches and make use of nuisance abatement programs to dislocate drug dealers and reduce the number and density of drug markets and underage drinking sites within a neighborhood.3

Some examples of community policing environmental strategies to address underage drinking include:


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