Overview of major findings of a study of aids to police patrol decisionmaking. With increasing demands on limited local government funds, there is a growing need for effective aids to decisionmaking in determining proper patrol force strength, equitable distribution of patrol services by police district and tour of duty, and effective operational policies and tactics for police patrol. In addressing these major issues, this study suggests that police departments (1) use certain multiple criteria in decisionmaking, (2) develop improved methods in allocating patrol resources, (3) collect certain management-oriented data, (4) hire competent civilian planners and give them ready access to top police management, and (5) undertake long-term research to bridge gaps in present relationships between police resources and police effectiveness. (See also RAND/R-0593/1-HUD/RC, RAND/R-0594-HUD/RC.)
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