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NCJ Number: 82694 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Study of Police Management Information Systems - Volume 3 Police Management Information Systems - The Canadian Experience
Author(s): R M Atcheson; R G Hann; J I Palmer; C D Shearing; T M Zaharchuk
Corporate Author: Decision Dynamics Corporation
Project Director: T M Zaharchuk
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 157
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OP8, Canada
Decision Dynamics Corporation
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Canada Solicitor General
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This volume of the police management information systems (MIS) study describes MIS initiatives in a number of Canadian police forces and concludes with comments about the development process in the Canadian environment.
Abstract: It describes the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC), which has made a vital contribution to the overall development of Canadian police MIS, and comments on the development background of the 'Canadian police MIS utilizer' as well as its role in municipal police MIS and its future development program. The results of a survey conducted in the 26 largest urban police forces in Canada on resource allocation for police MIS are reported, and specific MIS development programs currently taking place in 7 Canadian police forces are described. Five are municipal jurisdictions, one is in a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in British Columbia, and the other is in the Ontario Provincial Police. The volume concludes that Canadian police are showing a new interest in MIS but that MIS development is still immature. Many Canadian police MIS programs focus on improving recordkeeping efficiency and beyond this to improving the delivery of specific bits of information to personnel. This orientation towards operations support detracts the police from the management support potential of MIS. Systems that are built primarily to support recordkeeping do not necessarily generate timely management information. Few municipal police departments are prepared for MIS development, police control over MIS development programs is generally poor, police forces are reluctant to consult with other forces in MIS design, and no major agency in Canada has a mandate to evaluate new MIS technology and distribute the results to police managers. A glossary of technical terms and a police questionnaire are appended. For the summary of the study, see NCJ 82691. For other volumes in the series, see NCJ 82692-93 and 82695-96. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Canada; Management Information Systems; Police information systems; Program financing; Program planning
Note: Available in English and French
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