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NCJ Number: 78876 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Portland, Maine - Crime Analysis Unit Requirements Analysis Law Enforcement Assistance Administration - Police Technical Assistance Report
Author(s): F A Newton
Corporate Author: Westinghouse Justice Institute
United States of America

Portland (ME) Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Portland (ME) Police Dept
Portland, ME 04111
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Westinghouse Justice Institute
Arlington, VA 22202
Contract Number: J-LEAA-003-76
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and recommendations are presented from an assessment of crime analysis activities within the Portland Police Department (Maine) as related to the Patrol Emphasis Program (PEP).
Abstract: The PEP program uses information developed through crime analysis to make resource allocation and other decisions for direct patrol activities. Observation of the crime analysis operation and interviews with product users revealed that the PEP plan for patrol applications has not been developed to a point where an appropriate needs assessment can be made for crime analysis data. A review of the grant revealed no crime prevention techniques or concepts taught at the command, supervisor, or officer level as part of the PEP training. Command and supervisory officers do not have an educated expectation of the content of the crime analysis product, since they do not routinely make patrol manpower resource allocation or strategy decisions from data. Current manpower available is less than the authorized strength, causing walking patrols and the crime-specific units to be used as routine motorized patrol units. The availability of computer support for generation of data needed for crime analysis or manpower resource allocation was questionable at the time of the consultant's visit. It is recommended that action should be taken to stabilize the patrol plan as soon as possible, so that the crime analysis support can be generated. Recommendations are also offered in the areas of training, recordkeeping, manpower resource allocation, computer support, and office furnishings and equipment. Appended are a proposal used to purchase an alarm system at a PEP site in Pueblo, Colo., and an Evaluation Request for Proposal written by the same PEP site.
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Patrol; Police manpower deployment; Technical assistance reports
Note: Report no. 76-60.
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