Monday, March 10, 2008

How do you define success in drug enforcement?

If you're a drug enforcement officer, how do you judge if your efforts have been a success?

According to the head of the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force in Atlanta, you know you're doing the job right when you see an increase in burglaries, armed robberies and murders! Reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution ("Federal vice agents tout successes," March 9):

He credits last year's spike in area burglaries, robberies and car thefts in part to criminals forced to pay more for their illicit drugs.

If law enforcement someday succeeds in breaking up established drug territories — the real sign of success from a metropolitan perspective — it could mean a similar spike in murders, as drug organizations vie for a larger market share.

"If the market here gets unstable down to the street, then the streets will get bloody," said [Jack] Killorin, director of Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA). "I don't think we're there yet."

In reality, the notion that drug prices increased last year because of enforcement has been pretty thoroughly debunked. Still, the mindset here is incredibly telling, don't you think? One expects the general public does not see increased burglaries, robberies car thefts or murders as evidence of any success by law enforcement.

There is an art to redefining failure as success, and this gentleman has mastered it.


Ron in Houston said...

And they said it with a straight face.

Anonymous said...

We must destroy society in order to appear to save it.

Anonymous said...

What a loser cop! As a Jewess in the US, I would like to remind everyone that criminals are stopped by FIREARMS, not by talk. And that America wasn't won with a registered gun! That is why all REAL Americans put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!

Anonymous said...

I think he was responding to a question about the effect of the increasing price of some drugs. Boy, some people really hate cops. How has law enforcement's effect on the rise in the price of dugs been "debunked" exactly?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Did you read the article linked where it says the claim was debunked? NPR analyzed statements by the drug czar city by city and found his statistics didn't hold up.

Why, exactly, would it mean someone hates cops to believe that increased criminal violence is not a good public policy result?