Criminal and civil authorities in Pine Bluff have joined powers to root out drugs in the city. The SAFE Team uses 2001 abatement laws to force drug dealers out of their homes. Drug houses are usually rental properties that serve as headquarters for dealers. Since 2001, police have had the power to serve eviction notices and force drug dealers into civil court. Pine Bluff believes the additional powers can keep convicted drug dealers from restarting their business after bonding out of jail. The SAFE Team is based on a 1999 experiment by North Little Rock. SAFE Teams combine the forces of the police and fire departments, code inspectors, city attorneys and mayors.