Police In Texas Try Polite Approach to Small-Time Drug Dealers

DALLAS (August 26, 2013)—Members of the Dallas Police Department’s "knock-and-talk" task force are trying a polite approach to small-time drug dealers, using tips from neighbors to identify possible drug-dealing homes and then asking to be allowed inside.

Dallas police reduced the number of undercover detectives investigating low-level drug crimes more than two years ago, shifting the focus to larger-scale traffickers.

Deputy Chief Christian Smith says the 46-member knock-and-talk task force was formed in May and since then its officers have made more than 500 arrests, seized about 130 firearms and confiscated than 400 pounds of drugs.

The task force made nearly 400 possible drug-house contacts.

Critics say knock-and-talk efforts are risky and may yield only the easiest cases.

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