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Overview of the RAND Patrol Car Allocation Model (PCAM) for police departments. The program is written in FORTRAN and is available in either an interactive or batch version for the cost of copying and postage. It can be used to analyze any policy question related to the number of patrol cars or patrol officers a department should have on duty during each tour in each geographical command, or the times of day at which tours should start. The model has two capabilities: to describe performance measures for the existing allocation or any allocation proposed by the user, or to recommend allocations meeting specified standards. It can be used by personnel without programming knowledge. (For a user's manual, see R-1786/2; for technical details and installation instructions, see R-1786/3.)

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