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Title: POLICE REORGANIZATION - A REVIEW OF ITS EVALUATION (FROM HOW WELL DOES IT WORK? - REVIEW OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE EVALUATION, 1978 - SEE NCJ-64112)
Author(s): R B PARKS
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
LEAA
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: GI-43949
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EFFICACY OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONAL REFORMS IS ANALYZED IN A REVIEW OF EVALUATION RESEARCH. IT IS ARGUED THAT EVALUATION RESEARCH IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ASSESSING POLICE REORGANIZATION.
Abstract: VARIOUS STRUCTURAL REFORMS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED TO ALLEVIATE PERCEIVED DEFECTS IN THE POLICING SYSTEM. TOTAL CONSOLIDATION OF ALL POLICE AGENCIES IN A COUNTY, METROPOLITAN AREA, REGION, OR STATE HAS OFTEN BEEN RECOMMENDED AS THE MOST DESIRABLE SOLUTION. SECOND-CHOICE SOLUTIONS INCLUDE PARTIAL CONSOLIDATION THROUGH SMALL-SCALE MERGERS, INTERLOCAL SERVICE AGREEMENTS OR SERVICE CONTRACTING, CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION OF PARTICULAR SUBSERVICES IN POLICING (E.G., DISPATCH, TRAINING, AND CRIMINAL LABORATORY FACILITIES), AND ENHANCED COORDINATION AND COOPERATION THROUGH THE USE OF FORMAL MUTUAL AID PACTS AND OTHER AGREEMENTS. THESE REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN BASED ON PRINCIPLES OF GOOD MANAGMENT AND ORGANIZATION RATHER THAN ON FACTUAL EVALUATION OF COSTS AND BENEFITS. GIVEN DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH PROGRAM EVALUATION, PARTICULARLY PROGRAMS THAT ALTER POLITICAL POWER RELATIONS, COMPARATIVE RESEARCH ON EXISTING ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS MAY BE MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN EVALUATION RESEARCH. WITHOUT A DEVELOPED THEORY CONCERNING LINKAGES BETWEEN VARIABLES CHARACTERIZING POLICE ORGANIZATION AND POLICE PERFORMANCE, EVALUATION EFFORTS CANNOT BE SUCCESSFUL. NOTES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Evaluation; Evaluation of evaluation; Evaluative research; Police organizational structure; Police reform; Program evaluation
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