Applying the Concepts of Program Budgeting to the New York City Police Department.

by A. J. Tenzer, John Breen Benton, C. Teng


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A description of the results of a 9-month effort to develop a program-budgeting system for the New York City Police Department. The Memorandum presents a detailed discussion of the program budget format, including not only the program structure and cost structure, but also the techniques devised to estimate the cost of police programs. It also describes a computerized cost model designed for analyzing police department services. Programmed for RAND's JOSS system, the model was developed by using the cost factors and cost-estimating techniques presented in the study. In general, the model describes a system (some part of the program structure) in terms of its operations and the resources required to perform them. The output presents static costs that can be used to analyze the effect of possible changes in equipment design and in system operation on total system cost.

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