What Police Departments Report. Last class. Police authorizing environment Demands are: More/less consistent More/less persistent More/less coherent. The Organizational Scoreboard. What do police generally report to overseers? Resources : expenditures and employees
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Last class Police authorizing environment Demands are: • More/less consistent • More/less persistent • More/less coherent
The Organizational Scoreboard What do police generally report to overseers? • Resources: expenditures and employees • Activities: UCR crimes, arrests, etc. • What PDs report (and how) varies quite a bit across locations • Police have tremendous discretion in how transparent to make their organizations
Corporate Reporting How are private businesses expected to report? • On a quarterly basis • Consistently based on regulations and agreed upon best practices • Reports are certified by an independent third party • Nothing close to this in public policing
Current reporting practices in policing Key distinctions: (1) Who produced/certified the report • Police, outside auditor, external reviewer (2) Scope/Coverage • Organization or subunit • Annual reports/Management reports • Strategic plans
Annual Reports Those by police: What performance measures are represented? • Levels of crime and arrests • Other values not typically reported Those by outside auditors: What performance measures are represented? • Use of authority What does this suggest? • Police report on accomplishments, but do not own up to the costs they impose in doing so.
Strategic Reports What performance measures are represented? • Other values not in annual reports such as citizen satisfaction • Investments to transform organizations • These reports can more measures of value, as PDs begin to adopt community policing models of operation
What Should PDs Report? Issues: • Authorizing environment is very complex and dynamic, demanding different things at different times. • Police performance on varying dimensions of value can be difficult to measure • PDs aren’t usually measuring key dimensions of value beyond crime control
Table 10 Next question: How do we get here?
Next Class Journal 2 due • Should contain 7 entries • Chapters 7-9 can be a single entry