Crime Data for Effective Personnel Staffing and Deployment




Rickwartz II, Stanley J.

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



Data analytics are used by professional sports teams to properly deploy their defenses and make their offenses even more productive. These professionals also use statistics to determine how well they are doing. The analysis of data is used to determine financial worthiness of their employees. These teams and employees often have a short time to succeed and so turning to data to maximize potential only makes since. Scheduling and deployment of law enforcement personnel is often left to the experience and intuition of the managers. The culture of law enforcement is often resistant to change and may exhibit an attitude of why change, when it has always worked this way. Law enforcement is facing a greater demand for fiscal and operational accountability. The analysis of data held within the computer aided dispatch system and the report management system holds valuable answers to scheduling and deployment issues. Law enforcement should use crime data analysis to schedule and deploy their patrol personnel. Effective scheduling helps to limit overtime due to ineffective schedules. Once work day schedules are developed, the deployment of personnel can be made based on locations. Analysis of data will allow for a concentrated effort. Effective data analysis creates an efficient schedule and the efficient analysis identifies hot spots for deployment into areas of need.


Police--Personnel Management, Crime Analysis--Data Processing