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NCJ Number: 135913 Find in a Library
Title: Police Work and Manpower Allocation
Author(s): R Tarling
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London. SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86252-340-0
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London. SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report synthesizes the results of many British studies that examined how police officers spend their time on duty, and it also presents data on how police and civilian personnel are allocated to various functions.
Abstract: The study review indicates that police forces are increasingly using activity surveys to determine how police officers use their time. The broad conclusions that emerged from these studies were that uniformed and traffic officers spend comparatively little time on patrol and up to half of their time inside police premises engaged primarily in report writing and other administrative tasks. Uniform officers also spend a significant proportion of their time on crime work. Compared with earlier surveys, time spent on crime work appears to be increasing which reflects growth in recorded crime and the adoption of a policy by some forces to use uniformed officers in some phases of crime work. Another significant finding of these studies is that detectives spend a large amount of time writing reports. The finding that detectives and uniformed personnel spend so much time on report writing has led to the streamlining of police information systems and the use of civilian clerical staff to prepare and process much of the paperwork. 6 tables, 12 references, and appended descriptions of the work studies and activity survey methodology
Main Term(s): Police responsibilities
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Police civilian employees; Police personnel; Police resource allocation
Note: Research and Planning Unit Paper 47.
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