Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems

Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems: Challenges Assessing Their Payoff

Brian A. Jackson
Victoria A. Greenfield
Andrew R. Morral
John S. Hollywood
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 16
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt14bs4bb
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    Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems
    Book Description:

    As local governments face declining revenues, budget tightening has presented police departments with challenging questions about how to deliver public safety more efficiently. In many jurisdictions, chiefs have adopted new technologies to reduce manpower costs. To examine the cost-effectiveness of doing so, the authors developed a model describing how information technology and policing activities work together to produce key policing outcomes.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8987-8
    Subjects: Political Science, Technology, Law

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  1. Police Department Investments in Information Technology Systems Challenges Assessing Their Payoff
    (pp. 1-16)
    Brian A. Jackson, Victoria A. Greenfield, Andrew R. Morral and John S. Hollywood

    In the wake of the economic downturn that began in 2007 and 2008, public service providers, including police departments, were asked to tighten their financial belts and, in some instances, do more with less. Available evidence—primarily survey and interview data—shows that cuts at some departments over the last several years have been substantial, sometimes reaching double digit percentages of the departments’ annual budgets (Police Executive Research Forum [PERF], 2010; U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ], 2011).

    A small number of focused analyses have examined the nature and effects of these budget cuts, aiming both to document the range of...