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NCJ Number: 68274 Find in a Library
Title: CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA - RECORDS SYSTEM EVALUATION LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATION POLICE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REPORT
Author(s): L R WALTON
Corporate Author: Westinghouse Justice Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Westinghouse Justice Institute
Arlington, VA 22202
Contract Number: J-LEAA-003-76
Publication Number: REPORT 76-12
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REPORT ON THE CHARLESTON, W.VA., POLICE RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM ANALYZES EACH SEGMENT OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM AND MAKES SUGGESTIONS TO REVISE IT FOR INCREASED EFFICIENCY.
Abstract: THE ANALYSIS IS BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL, OBSERVATIONS OF RECORDKEEPING PROCEDURES, REVIEWS OF WORK DOCUMENTS AND CURRENT RECORDS, AND EXAMINATIONS OF STATISTICAL REPORTS. THE PRESENT SYSTEM IS A BASIC FILING SYSTEM FOR OFFENSES AND RELATED INCIDENTS, WHICH IS DIVIDED INTO 84 SEPARATE CATEGORIES AND CROSS-REFERENCED TO A MASTER NAME FILE. THE SYSTEM IS FRAGMENTED AMONG SEVERAL DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT ENTITIES. AN ANALYSIS OF EACH SEGMENT OF THE SYSTEM IS FOLLOWED BY COMMENTS ON ITS EFFICIENCY AND POSSIBLE CHANGES NEEDED. CERTAIN BASIC PREMISES OF A GOOD POLICE RECORDS SYSTEM ARE LISTED, INCLUDING COMBINED FILES WITH COMPLETE BUT LIMITED CROSS-REFERENCES, EASY ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM BY PERSONS CLEARED TO USE IT, MAINTENANCE OF ORIGINAL RECORDS, AND USE OF ONLY TWO NUMBERING SYSTEMS (FOR CRIMES AND ARRESTS). OTHER COMMENTS EMBODY SPECIFIC SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGE. THESE ARE COMBINED TO FORM A PROPOSED NEW RECORDS SYSTEM WHICH HAS ONLY 17 PARTS, INCLUDING AN INCIDENT LEDGER, A RADIO CALL CARD, A DAILY REPORT, AND AN OFFENSE REPORT. THE PROPOSED RECORDS SYSTEM AND EXAMPLES OF ITS REPORT FORMS ARE APPENDED. (TAG)
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Police records; Records management; Technical assistance reports; West Virginia
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