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Part of an effort to develop quantitative methods to assist police departments in allocating resources and making manpower scheduling decisions. This report demonstrates the use of mathematical models to determine hourly requirements of patrol cars. These requirements are input to a scheduling model that generates schedules meeting the requirements. The resulting schedules are then evaluated with respect to various measures of patrol system performance. Data from one of New York City's police precincts is used to show how the method was applied to a sample problem.

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