Crime Control

The Use and Misuse of Police Resources

  • David John Farmer

Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Crime and Police Resources: A Policy Agenda

    1. David John Farmer
      Pages 1-31
  3. Policy Administration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. David John Farmer
      Pages 35-54
    3. David John Farmer
      Pages 55-82
  4. Policy Formulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. David John Farmer
      Pages 85-119
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      Pages 121-132
  5. Policy Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
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      Pages 135-150
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      Pages 151-173
  6. Policy Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. David John Farmer
      Pages 177-189
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      Pages 191-197
    4. David John Farmer
      Pages 199-202
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-233

About this book


The question of how to use police resources productively, par­ ticularly in this era of tight municipal budgets, is a major con­ cern for police chiefs and others responsible for crime control. In Crime Control: The Use and Misuse of Police Resources, David J. Farmer provides new insights into this question and sug­ gests a practical resource allocation approach for police poli­ cymakers and administrators. The book documents the results of current police resource allocation practices and describes the major research studies that have identified a need to restructure police field operations. It very usefully outlines the development and nature of allocation techniques and ana­ lyzes the political contexts which influence resource alloca,., tion. After describing planning at the neighborhood level that should inform the allocation process, the author provides a comprehensive "planning-budgeting-resources allocation" approach to managing a productive police department. This comprehensive approach is illustrated by an account of the Manpower Allocation Review System (MARS), which the author developed and introduced in the New York City Police Department in 1972 when I was commissioner. As I can vii FOREWORD viii attest, the MARS approach had practical utility. For the author, it served as a forerunner to the more elaborate system he describes in this book.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David John Farmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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