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NCJ Number: 202120 Find in a Library
Title: Justifying Police Budgets in a Sluggish Economy
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:70  Issue:8  Dated:August 2003  Pages:21-22,24
Author(s): W. Dwayne Orrick
Editor(s): Charles E. Higginbotham
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides advice in several areas for both State and local law enforcement agencies in preparing and justifying their budgets during a sluggish economy.
Abstract: Since the 1970's, police departments across the United States are experiencing one of the tightest fiscal years, due to the sluggish economy. These shortfalls have forced State and local governments to take a closer look at department budgets. To help law enforcement agencies offset budget cuts, it is necessary for police executives to understand how budget analysts work and develop sound justifications for their expenditure. This article offers pointers to law enforcement executives aiding them in the justification of their police budget during a sluggish economy and include: (1) know how budget analysts work and the most common budge-cutting strategies; (2) gather all the facts that have a bearing on the budget requests; (3) deliver the best possible budget presentation, be persuasive; and (4) find ways to minimize the impact and effects of budget cuts.
Main Term(s): Budgets
Index Term(s): Allocution; Costs; Cutback management; Financial management; Police agencies; Police expenditures; Police resource allocation
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