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NCJ Number: 158144 Find in a Library
Title: Managing Computer Resources
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:62  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:18,20,22
Author(s): C Fitzpatrick
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police agencies must effectively manage their agencies' computer technology to avoid costly mistakes, a huge decrease in efficiency, and embarrassing public relations.
Abstract: Computer technology is supposed to make life easier for managers and result in higher productivity for the organization. However, the opposite is often the case, as organizations become frustrated and confused and the technology is unused or misused. Nevertheless, many agencies consider computer technology an essential tool. To ensure the effective use of computer resources, police managers should use standard equipment, make a commitment to the future, budget for software and training as well as hardware, provide for physical security and data security, and ensure that the equipment is available to the people who need them. Removing the games supplied with the computers and establishing a policy prohibiting their reloading are effective ways to remove the temptation for employees to play computer games surreptitiously. Police agencies should also develop and enforce written policies regarding computers and their use. Talking to the managers of other agencies, taking courses at local colleges, reviewing books, hiring consultants, and obtaining training from police academies and management training institutes can assist the process of developing a computer policy.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Police computer training; Police management; Technical evolution
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