Review of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Violent Crime Impact Team Initiative   [open pdf - 4MB]

"In June 2004, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) established the Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT) initiative as a pilot program designed to reduce homicides and other firearms-related violent crime in 15 cities. The goal of the VCIT initiative was to 'decrease, within six months, the number of homicides, number of firearms-related homicides, number of violent crimes, and number of violent firearms crimes' in target areas in those 15 cities. In December 2004, ATF extended the initiative indefinitely and, in April 2005, expanded it to include a total of 20 cities. There were two primary purposes of the VCIT initiative, as articulated by the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) and ATF. The first was to reduce homicides and violent firearms crimes in cities where homicide and violent crime rates had not followed the national trend downward. The second was to test the effectiveness of the VCIT strategy in reducing, rather than displacing, the incidents of firearms-related violence in neighborhoods and communities by identifying, targeting, and arresting the 'worst of the worst' violent offenders in specific targeted areas referred to as hot spots. The VCIT initiative was designed to build on regular law enforcement operations and the Department's Project Safe Neighborhoods."

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Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. I-2006-005
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United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.usdoj.gov/
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