Police Staffing

Law Enforcement Staffing for the National Park Service: Participant Handbook. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Forthcoming.

In the fall of 2016, we launched a collaborative effort to study law enforcement staffing for the National Park Service. As part of this research, this report aims to illustrate for park law enforcement leadership how data and analysis can inform deployment and strategy. Primary topics covered include crime analysis, traffic accident analysis, call for service data, work schedules, problem-oriented policing, and program evaluation.

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Essentials for Leaders: Police Consolidation and Shared Services: Identifying, Developing and Sharing Lessons. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2016.

This executive summary overviews research and resources developed to provide independent information to assist communities and decision makers in understanding, implementing, and assessing alternatives to the delivery of police service. Coverage includes findings regarding a wide range of research on police consolidation and shared services, including mergers, regionalization, contracting, public safety consolidation and deconsolidation, civilianization, engaging stakeholders, and working with the media. Also discussed are a web-portal and series of videos developed to share information and resources about police consolidation and shared services.…

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Police Staffing Levels: Disaggregating the Variation. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Vol. 38 (4): 820-839, 2015.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between community type classifications and police strength. Prior research has examined other correlates, but no attempts have been made previously to examine the relationship between community type (as outlined and defined by Chinni and Gimpel, 2010) and police staffing levels. Read More

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Strategies for Police Recruitment: A Review of Trends, Contemporary Issues, and Existing Approaches. Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services, Michigan State University, Research Report, 2014.

The recession beginning in 2008 caused many unprecedented difficulties for sustaining police workforces throughout the United States. Over time, law enforcement has experienced increased responsibilities and difficulties attracting and hiring qualified, diverse, and skilled personnel. Read More

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Police Staffing Allocation and Managing Workload Demand: A Critical Assessment of Existing Practices. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Vol. 8 (2): 96-108, 2014.

Police agencies take a variety of approaches to determining their staffing allocation needs. Based on a review of the literature, interviews with practitioners representing 20 diverse agencies across the USA and national focus group of 21 staffing experts, this article assesses current trends and experiences in staffing allocation. Read More

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Measurement and Association in the Structure of Municipal Police Organizations. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Special Issue: Police Management and Organizational Issues, Vol. 26 (2): 276-297, 2003.

This research investigates whether various structural elements of municipal police departments are indicative of two latent constructs by developing and testing measurement models representing structural complexity and control. Read More

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Featured Research

A Performance-Based Approach to Police Staffing and Allocation

Wilson, Jeremy M., & Weiss, Alexander (2012). A Performance-Based Approach to Police Staffing and Allocation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Organizing for Brand Protection and Responding to Product Counterfeit Risk: An Analysis of Global Firms

Wilson, Jeremy M., Grammich, Clifford, & Chan, Fiona (2016). “Organizing for Brand Protection and Responding to Product Counterfeit Risk: An Analysis of Global Firms.” Journal of Brand Management, Vol.23(3): 345-361.

Attitudes Toward the Police in Communities Using Different Consolidation Models

Chermak, Steven, & Wilson, Jeremy M. (2018). Attitudes Toward the Police in Communities Using Different Consolidation Models, International Criminal Justice Review, online before print.