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Pricing police services: theory and practice

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to present and test a particular theory of pricing of police services. Design/methodology/approach – A theory of police pricing was developed, then tested using data collected from a mail survey of Chiefs of Police in Pennsylvania. Findings – Pricing practices vary considerably among police departments. There appears to be no underlying theory in the practice of pricing of police services. Research limitations/implications – Research was limited to one state in the USA and for a limited number of police services. Practical implications – In setting prices, police departments ought to consider how the price charged is consistent or inconsistent with achieving their overall departmental goals. Originality/value – No previous empirical studies on how police departments charge for their services have been found. This research may lead to a more complete understanding of policing operations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management Emerald Publishing
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