Reducing Gun Violence: Consent-to-Search

Reducing Gun Violence: The St. Louis Consent-to-Search Program

Source: 

National Institute of Justice (November 2004)

Author(s): 

Scott H. Decker and Richard Rosenfeld

The third report in NIJ's Reducing Gun Violence series evaluates an innovative police program that used community-based sources to identify homes where juveniles might be harboring guns. Police then sought parental permission to search for and confiscate illegal guns. A nationally recognized success in its first year, the Consent-to-Search program subsequently experienced serious implementation problems. This report (NCJ 191332) describes the program's setbacks and implications for community policing.

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