Reducing Gun Violence: Consent-to-Search

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


National Institute of Justice (November 2004)


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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