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NCJ Number: 140457 Find in a Library
Title: Does the Police Service Provide Value for Money?
Journal: Police Journal  Volume:66  Issue:1  Dated:(January-March 1993)  Pages:13-24
Author(s): S J Briggs
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Determining whether the police in Great Britain are providing value for money depends on definitions, expectations, and perceptions of purpose and a recognition of the relationships among national and local politics, social factors, and economic issues.
Abstract: The concept of value for money involves the themes of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy, but measuring them is difficult. At the level of budget management, it is clear that the police are providing value for money. Similarly, the police provide value for money at the level of service structure, resource, and equipment insofar as spending decisions are carefully thought through and shrewdly implemented. However, it is less clear that the police are providing value when what the community actually receives for its money is measured against what the public needs if the police service is to avoid becoming a paramilitary organization. Thus, in the public sector, value for money involves more than a simple balance sheet, and, in this broader context, it is clear that the police service is not providing value for money. Therefore, the purposes of police work and the approach to service delivery require reconsideration to ensure that 15 years from now the police will deliver value for money in all areas of their work. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness; Police resource allocation
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Law enforcement costs; Public Opinion of the Police
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