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NCJ Number: 31693 Find in a Library
Title: MODELS FOR ALLOCATING POLICE PREVENTIVE PATROL EFFORT
Journal: OPERATIONAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY  Volume:26  Issue:4  Dated:(1975)  Pages:703-715
Author(s): D G OLSON; G P WRIGHT
Corporate Author: Pergamon Press Limited
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A MARKOVIAN DECISION MODEL IS ADAPTED TO THE POLICE PATROL PROBLEM IN A MANNER THAT AVOIDS THE SCHEDULING PROBLEMS OF THE SEARCH MODEL AND MAKES AN OPTIMUM EFFORT ALLOCATION WHILE YIELDING A RANDOM PATROL SCHEDULE.
Abstract: THIS PAPER DEVELOPS MODELS THAT MAXIMIZE THE EXPECTED NUMBER OF OCCASIONS PER UNIT OF TIME THAT A POLICE PATROL UNIT ENTERS A STREET SEGMENT DURING THE TIME THAT A CRIME IS VISIBLE. CONSTRAINTS ARE ADDED THAT INSURE A MINIMUM PATROL COVERAGE TO ALL STREETS. THE SUCCESSIVE VISITS FROM STREET-TO-STREET FORM A MARKOV CHAIN. THE SOLUTION THAT MAXIMIZES THE OBJECTIVE FUNCTION GIVES A STOCHASTIC DECISION RULE WHICH IS USED WITH MONTE CARLO TECHNIQUES TO GENERATE A RANDOM PATROL SCHEDULE. THE PROBLEM IS POSED WITH ONE CAR AND SEVERAL CARS PATROLLING THE SAME REGION. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; High visibility patrol; Mathematical modeling; Modeling techniques; Motor patrol; Patrol; Patrol procedures; Police resource allocation
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