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NCJ Number: 169569 Find in a Library
Title: Activity Trap (From Police Management: Issues and Perspectives, P 87-116, 1992, Larry T. Hoover, ed. - See NCJ-169565)
Author(s): D R Longmire
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This discussion of police effectiveness concludes that police agencies should not focus on crime rates or quota systems for police activities as measures of police performance; instead, they should use program evaluation.
Abstract: Counting traffic citations or variations in crime rates may result in a vague measure of police activity, but it lacks a clear connection to larger programmatic goals. In contrast, program evaluation helps agencies avoid the activity trap. Evaluation research can enhance service delivery and provide a mechanism through which police agencies can experience planned change. Police agencies should use comprehensive evaluations as the model for program evaluation. Comprehensive evaluation enables the enlightened police leader to go beyond proactive change and become responsive to the environment, exercising a positive influence to enhance the delivery of services that will meet specific needs. 45 references
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): Police management; Police officer performance evaluations; Police performance evaluation; Productivity; Services effectiveness
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