Crime prevention (71 - 80 of 93 items)
Better Communication Could Have Enhanced Enforcement of Federal Oil Pricing Regulations
GGD-81-60: Published: May 4, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1981.
The Departments of Energy and Justice have shared the responsibility for enforcing the Federal oil pricing and allocation regulations.Both agencies can enhance enforcement efforts through better communication and coordination of their investigative and prosecutive activities. Energy can help insure that its district Office of Enforcement officials seek civil penalties in all appropriate cases wher...
Coast Guard Drug Interdiction on the Texas Coast
CED-81-104: Published: May 19, 1981. Publicly Released: May 27, 1981.
Information was requested on the capability of the Coast Guard to control drug smuggling, particularly on the Texas coast.According to Coast Guard officials, drug smuggling on the Texas coast has increased over the last few years. Although the Coast Guard has established goals for deterring maritime drug smuggling, resource limitations have prevented it from achieving these goals. The primary drug...
Asset Forfeiture--A Seldom Used Tool in Combating Drug Trafficking
GGD-81-51: Published: Apr 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's asset forfeiture program, described the extent to which forfeiture has been employed in narcotics cases, and discussed the problems limiting greater forfeiture use.Billions of dollars are generated annually by organized crime. These illicit profits and the assets acquired with them were the target of legislation passed to combat organized crime through forf...
Federal Crime Laboratories Lack a Clear Policy for Assisting State and Local Jurisdictions
GGD-80-92: Published: Sep 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1980.
The Government provides free crime laboratory services to State and local law enforcement agencies, a practice which is in direct conflict with the Federal policy of encouraging States and localities to develop their own capabilities and decrease their reliance on Federal laboratories. GAO reviewed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol,...
Justice Needs To Better Manage Its Fight Against Public Corruption
GGD-80-38: Published: Jul 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1980.
In 1977, the Department of Justice designated public corruption, which are crimes by public officials, as one of the priorities among its law enforcement activities. Justice had already established the Public Integrity Section (PIS) as a focal point for coordinating its attack on public corruption.GAO found that management and coordination of public corruption activities by PIS need to be improved...
Federal Drug Enforcement and Supply Control Efforts
111854: Mar 10, 1980
A review of the gains made to reduce the adverse impact of illegal drugs indicates that the gains are fragile requiring constant vigilance. For example, as one source of heroin is halted temporarily, another source emerges as the principal supplier. Additionally, as heroin becomes increasingly difficult to obtain, the usage of other dangerous drugs increases. Thus the diversion of legal drugs beco...
Federal Drug Enforcement and Supply Control Efforts
110670: Oct 25, 1979
A GAO report showed that the drug supply reduction efforts have yet to achieve a well-integrated, balanced, and truly coordinated approach. To remedy the problems, the executive and legislative branches of Government must reach agreement upon and vigorously carry out a consistent national policy and support the legislation needed for achieving the desired results. Control of the United States bord...
Gains Made in Controlling Illegal Drugs, Yet the Drug Trade Flourishes
GGD-80-4: Published: Oct 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1979.
Drug abuse and trafficking still flourish despite several decades of efforts to overcome the problem. The country's $5.5 billion drug abuse program during the past decade has dealt with both demand reduction and supply reduction. A continuing trend of great concern is the levels of drug use and abuse among young people in the United States. Drugs were the seventh most common cause of death for Ame...
Department of Justice Should Explore the Feasibility of a Uniform Identification System for Marking Personal Property
GGD-79-54: Published: Apr 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1979.
The growing incidence of property thefts prompted a survey of Operation Identification, a program designed to deter such crimes.The results of the survey, which was done in New York State and at federal agencies in Washington, D.C., indicated that the program is being extensively implemented. However, it was noted that the numerous types of identifiers being used to mark personal property are hamp...
War on Organized Crime Faltering: Federal Strike Forces Not Getting the Job Done
107447: Oct 4, 1978
Because conventional methods of law enforcement had proven ineffective against organized crime, in January 1967 the Federal Government began establishing a joint-agency strike force program consisting of 18 strike forces staffed with Department of Justice attorneys and representatives from all Federal law enforcement agencies. A review of the 13 strike forces existing in December 1976 showed that:...