But to whatever extent the task force’s success relied on expertise, tactics and the development of informants, it can and must be replicated. Commissioner Davis has the right idea in moving that enforcement activity into uniformed District Action Teams that report to district commanders. Under whatever guise they’ve had over the years, centralized violence prevention units have produced trouble in equal or greater measure than their results, including complaints of brutality and unconstitutional policing on top of the recent corruption. Putting uniformed groups of officers based in each district in charge of getting guns off the streets promises greater accountability and should enable the squads to develop the localized expertise that’s crucial to stopping violence. Some districts are showing signs of progress, if not yet enough to outweigh the decline from the dissolution of the Gun Trace Task Force.