Crime Control

Crime Control : The Use and Misuse of Police Resources

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The question of how to use police resources productively, par- ticularly in this era of tight municipal budgets, is a major con- cern for police chiefs and others responsible for crime control. In Crime Control: The Use and Misuse of Police Resources, David J. Farmer provides new insights into this question and sug- gests a practical resource allocation approach for police poli- cymakers and administrators. The book documents the results of current police resource allocation practices and describes the major research studies that have identified a need to restructure police field operations. It very usefully outlines the development and nature of allocation techniques and ana- lyzes the political contexts which influence resource alloca,., tion. After describing planning at the neighborhood level that should inform the allocation process, the author provides a comprehensive "planning-budgeting-resources allocation" approach to managing a productive police department. This comprehensive approach is illustrated by an account of the Manpower Allocation Review System (MARS), which the author developed and introduced in the New York City Police Department in 1972 when I was commissioner. As I can vii FOREWORD viii attest, the MARS approach had practical utility. For the author, it served as a forerunner to the more elaborate system he describes in this book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 13.72mm | 339g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1984
  • 254 p.
  • 1468447831
  • 9781468447835

Table of contents

1. Crime and Police Resources: A Policy Agenda.- Beginning Points.- Crime Control.- Resources Allocation.- New Form of Police Agency.- The Agenda.- I-Policy Administration.- 2. The Science of Policing.- Response Strategy.- Preventive Patrol.- Criminal Investigation.- Scientific and Analytic Capability.- Implications.- 3. The Art of Policing.- Ends and Means in Policing.- Triumph of Means over Ends.- Proportional Distribution Techniques.- Mathematical Modeling.- Resource Allocation Practice.- Implications.- II-Policy Formulation.- 4. Politics and Policing.- Pervasive Politics.- Controlling Political Intrusion.- Implications.- 5. Purpose and Policing.- Range of Views.- A Socio-Economic View.- Implications.- III-Policy Leadership.- 6. New Community Approach.- Profit-Making Burden.- New Modes of Thought.- On Non-Market Decision-Making.- On Criminal Justice.- On Law Enforcement Resources Deployment.- Implications.- 7. A New Managerial Approach.- Purpose-Orientation.- Leadership and Openness.- Creativity.- Implications.- IV-Policy Beginnings.- 8. The Police Manager.- A Challenge for the Chief.- Remaining Current.- 9. The Elected Official.- Challenge for the Elected Official.- No Novelty.- Knowledge Base.- 10. Epilogue.- References.- Appendix: Reading List for the Elected Official 219 Index.
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