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NCJ Number: 158103 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Tactical Patrol (From Quantifying Quality in Policing, P 185-206, 1996, Larry T Hoover, ed. -- See NCJ-158093)
Author(s): G W Cordner
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
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Suite 930
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United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines various issues that pertain to the evaluation of tactical patrol.
Abstract: The author first describes a variety of forms of tactical patrol, including evidence on effectiveness. It then discusses a number of practical and methodological problems that interfere with any attempt to quantify the success or failure of tactical police patrol operations. This is followed by suggestions for techniques that police can use to overcome or alleviate these problems as much as possible. Although there are a variety of tactical/directed patrol projects, they share four common characteristics: they are proactive and aggressive; officers use noncommitted time to engage in purposeful activity; officers have specific instructions that direct their activities; and these instructions are based on thorough analyses of crime data. Three of the basic police values are most likely to be pertinent to judging the quality of tactical patrol: efficiency, legality, and equity. In quantifying the quality of tactical patrol, the outcome is of greatest interest, i.e., did crime go down, was disorder reduced, and were citizens satisfied. It is always easier and cheaper to measure quality by using information that is routinely collected than to undertake additional data gathering. The final section of the paper offers three suggestions for quantifying the quality of tactical patrol: use specific measures of effort and outcome; use multiple measures; and use creative measures. Several examples of each of these suggestions are presented. 2 tables, 3 figures, 6 notes, and 29 references
Main Term(s): Patrol
Index Term(s): Police effectiveness; Police performance evaluation; Police resource allocation
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