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NCJ Number: 121292 Find in a Library
Title: Managing Police Information (From Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, P 257-270, 1989, Dennis Jay Kenney, ed. -- See NCJ-121271)
Author(s): R Taylor
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The increasing use of computers in police organizations has generated several organizational and social issues.
Abstract: Computerization has generally offered police organizations a powerful tool in such areas as workloads, scheduling, performance, budgeting, and program evaluation. Computers both enable police agencies to perform their traditional functions faster and more efficiently and raise the possibility of adding activities that were previously impossible. Management information systems offer the potential for improving the quality of management, and artificial intelligence and expert systems may promote a different way of looking at problemsolving. Police managers will need to help overcome the fear and resistance to change that often accompany the introduction and expansion of computer technology in organizations. They must also learn how to deal with the information elites that consist of the people most knowledgeable about computer technology and information systems. Finally, they must confront issues related to privacy and security, the need for standardization, and the need for Federal policy and regulation of private electronic databases. 28 references.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Police field services units; Police information systems; Police management
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