Violent Crime Impact Teams: Best Practices [Updated December 2005]   [open pdf - 1MB]

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director Carl J. Truscott states the following in regards to this report, "this Best Practices report identifies the specific practices that contributed most to the pilot program's success, and this analysis will be used to strengthen future VCIT (Violent Crime Impact Team) deployments. The evidence presented in this report also illustrates how much can be achieved through cooperative law enforcement efforts. Through VCIT, ATF and local communities have worked together in partnership to attack the criminal element, helping to bring security and safety back to America's cities. By incorporating lessons learned into future VCIT areas, we will strive to replicate these successes across the Nation. [...] Gun violence negatively impacts our families and our communities, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the Federal agency charged with reducing gun violence. In June 2004, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and ATF designed the Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT) initiative to identify, arrest, and prosecute those offenders responsible for crippling our communities. The VCIT initiative was developed and initially deployed as a 6-month pilot program in 15 cities."

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