Evaluating the crime desk and its role as investigator

Evaluating the crime desk and its role as investigator This paper addresses key issues in the implementation of a managed response to crime. Based on a major study of resource allocation decision-making procedures in the British Police Service, it focuses on the "crime desk", both as an aid to management and as an operational centre for new forms of investigation. While the authors found a clear indication that crime desks brought benefits by alleviating the administrative burden imposed by the crime recording process, evidence that their potential as an investigative resource was less clear. However, they produce a strong argument that this could be amended if key issues are understood and addressed by the police service. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1363-951X
DOI
10.1108/13639510010333877
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Abstract

This paper addresses key issues in the implementation of a managed response to crime. Based on a major study of resource allocation decision-making procedures in the British Police Service, it focuses on the "crime desk", both as an aid to management and as an operational centre for new forms of investigation. While the authors found a clear indication that crime desks brought benefits by alleviating the administrative burden imposed by the crime recording process, evidence that their potential as an investigative resource was less clear. However, they produce a strong argument that this could be amended if key issues are understood and addressed by the police service.

Journal

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

Keywords: Resource management; Police; Service quality

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