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  • Monday, December 13, 2010
  • Office of Justice Programs
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Justice Department Publication Examines Rising Costs of Policing
in the United States

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced the release of the third paper to come out of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, a roundtable managed by Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice and Policy and Management, funded by NIJ.

Making Policing More Affordable: Managing Costs and Measuring Value in Policing was written by San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon and Harvard Kennedy School Senior Research Associate Todd Foglesong. The authors believe that policing costs will not become more manageable solely through more cost-effective delivery of the same set of services. They suggest a set of strategies to help agencies reduce their costs, but they also suggest strategies that will result in a better return on their investment: managing demand, revaluing policing and re-engineering policing. None of the tactics, by themselves or in combination, is likely to yield a sustainable strategy for paying for policing in the future. But consideration of these strategies should support future conversations about restructuring police services, reorganizing departments, and building new measures of the value of policing that the present financial crisis demands.

TITLE: "Making Policing More Affordable: Managing Costs and Measuring Value in Policing," part of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety series published by NIJ.
AUTHORS: George Gascon and Todd Foglesong
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