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By David John Farmer

The query of ways to exploit police assets productively, par­ ticularly during this period of tight municipal budgets, is an enormous con­ cern for police chiefs and others accountable for crime keep an eye on. In Crime keep an eye on: The Use and Misuse of Police assets, David J. Farmer offers new insights into this question and sug­ gests a realistic source allocation method for police poli­ cymakers and directors. The publication records the result of present police source allocation practices and describes the most important examine stories that experience pointed out a necessity to restructure police box operations. It very usefully outlines the advance and nature of allocation recommendations and ana­ lyzes the political contexts which impression source alloca,., tion. After describing making plans on the local point that are meant to tell the allocation approach, the writer presents a accomplished "planning-budgeting-resources allocation" method of coping with a efficient police division. This accomplished strategy is illustrated by means of an account of the Manpower Allocation evaluate method (MARS), which the writer constructed and brought within the big apple urban Police division in 1972 while i used to be commissioner. As i will be able to vii FOREWORD viii attest, the MARS procedure had useful software. For the writer, it served as a forerunner to the extra problematic approach he describes during this book.

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The importance of exploring this further lies in shedding light on opportunities for reducing the citizens' mobilization interval by some means such as an intensive public education program. The impression should not be given, however, that the Kansas City Response Time Study and its replications currently stand alone on the topic of response time. In fact, for a review of the literature, see Volume I of the Response Time Analysis reports. , 1979), concluded-as an example-that citizen satisfaction is a function of expectation and what the citizen is willing to accept.

The new police agency will not only provide these services well. Along the lines laid down in its joint planning with elected officials, it will be actively concerned with order enhancement in locations evaluated as significant for the development of the city. , a park) at a particular location-for a specified order enhancement objective and in accordance with an orderly plan of community priorities; examples of other candidate alternatives will readily occur to the reader. The point is that the new form of police agency will be truly proac- 24 CHAPTER 1 tive in its crime prevention: it will seek ways to turn back the tide of community disorder, following plans developed openly and jointly with elected officials.

The cop on the corner might deter Toad of Toad Hall (a notorious hotrodder) but not Willie Sutton (a notorious thief)-or, infractions on the street but not those in private places. Yet another attractive implication is that traditional preventive patrol is an activity out of touch with its environment, and that police agencies can achieve impact if they become more preciselike the surgeon-in their operations" (Farmer, 1980). Throughout the past decade, some police chiefs have been struggling to find approaches more effective than traditional preventive patrol.

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