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Uniformed Police Work and Management Technology

NCJ Number
J M Hough
Date Published
61 pages
This is a report on a project concerned with the impact of computerized information systems on the management of the uniformed police in Great Britain.
This research took place in Glasgow and drew on the facilities of the Strathclyde Police 'command-and-control' computer, an experimental system developed by Strathclyde Police in conjunction with the Police Scientific Development Branch. The main aim of the project was to see how a computerized management information system could be used in conjunction with other available information to assist in the allocation and deployment of uniformed police manpower. The organization and the day-to-day work of the uniformed police as well as some aspects of police management, are described on the basis of information drawn from a number of police forces, including Strathclyde. Computerized information systems in police management in Great Britain and elsewhere, are examined in term of advantages and problems. Background information on computerized systems and their use by the police, tabular data, and over 30 references are included. A list of Home Office Research Reports is also included. Information of the Strathclyde Police Computer System is appended.