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NCJ Number: 82892 Find in a Library
Title: More Than a List of Items and Figures - Planning Program Budgeting System
Author(s): F J Leahy
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document describes the Planning-Programming-Budgeting System (PPBS) which provides the means for police departments to plan and budget efficiently.
Abstract: The PPBS is a decisionmaking tool which helps the police administrator in several ways. It requires a statement of objectives, thus giving the administrator a fresh look at the entire police function. It emphasizes the use of police manpower and how it is distributed to meet objectives and it emphasizes the planning function, thereby requiring a major planning effort. PPBS also gives the administrator a budget justification tool based on logical analysis, and it tends to retain decisionmaking about police operations at the departmental level. The PPBS is a four-step system: analysis of department objectives, analysis of output of a given program in terms of objectives, measurement of the total costs of a given program over several years, and analysis of alternative ways to achieve the stated objectives. PPBS success is dependent upon commitment of the time and resources necessary to develop it fully within the department. A total of 22 references and 7 exhibits are provided. (Author summary modified).
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Planning-programming-budgeting system; Police agencies; Police chiefs
Note: Reprinted from The Police Chief, July 1968.
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