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On January 13, 2009, in Greensboro, North Carolina, OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance hosted training sessions under its Drug Market Intervention (DMI) Training Initiative. DMI is a strategic approach to shutting down drug markets by prosecuting and making an example of violent drug offenders and staging interventions with low-level offenders. The approach was pioneered more than 4 years ago in High Point, North Carolina, where formerly troubled neighborhoods have seen dramatic reductions in drug activity and violent crime.

OJP supports training and technical assistance for local law enforcement teams interested in implementing a DMI strategy of their own. Two other training sessions will be held during the coming months for nine new sites. Read an ABC News story about the DMI program in Hempstead, New York.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 202–307–0703.

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