¶ … efficiency and effectiveness. Is it possible for an agency to exhibit one but not the other?
Most law enforcement agencies seek to be both efficient and effective because the two can go hand in hand when things are done correctly. It is possible, though, to be highly effective but in inefficient ways (e.g., reducing the number of violent crimes in the community by using enormous amounts of overtime without conducting basic research to determine where the most of the crimes are being committed) and likewise it is possible to be highly efficient without ever accomplishing anything (e.g., recording the number of violent crimes accurately and conducting research to identify problem areas without implementing any interventions).
What political consequences might result from an unfavorable opinion of your department?
Sheriffs' offices depend a great deal on the support and goodwill of the general public. Even the hint of corruption or inefficiency could adversely affect this support and goodwill (Jonsson, 2009). This has been proven time and again across the country as a rash of recent corruption cases have adversely affected the image of sheriffs in many states (Jonsson, 2009). According to Jonsson, "In America, this kind of thing goes way back to the 18th- century sheriff, where the sheriff managed the jails while doing all kinds of things, like charging for food and allowing people to take sexual advantages of prisoners. The only difference today is that it's more exposed" (p. 3). Some salient examples include the following:
The powers of elected sheriffs are being revised in parts of the country and in 2007, Connecticut eliminated its six elected sheriffs altogether, in response to a string of corruption charges.
In Delaware, New Jersey, and California, courts and legislatures recently curbed sheriffs' powers primary in an attempt to undermine the lure of small-time corruption.
In Pennsylvania, there is an ongoing heated debate concerning just what the sheriff's role should be (Jonsson, 2009).
Describe how the sheriff's department would measure efficiency and effectiveness.
Law enforcement agencies have been collecting information concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations...
In recent years, though, law enforcement organizations have been forced to implement alternative responses strategies in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness (Maguire, 2003). In this context, Maguire advises that, "Effectiveness refers to how well the organization meets its goals. This dimension can sometimes be broken down into multiple sub-dimensions since organizations often have multiple goals which may even conflict with one another" (2003, p. 4). By contrast, Maguire defines efficiency as "a ratio of outputs or outcomes to inputs. If one firm is able to build the same bridge as another firm for half the cost, the former is twice as efficient as the latter" (2003, p. 4). As noted in the introductory section, it is possible for sheriffs' departments to be effective but inefficient when they dedicate an inordinate amount of resources to achieving a public safety goal. In this regard, Maguire points out that, "An agency might produce an optimal level of public safety, but require a substantial level of funding that is out of range when compared to its peer agencies. In this case it would score highly on effectiveness, but lower on efficiency" (2003, p. 5). Rather than using traditional measures of law enforcement organization performance such as response times, arrest rates, and Uniform Crimes Reports, Maguire suggests that a more appropriate approach to measuring efficiency in sheriffs' departments is to measure efficiency in terms of how much resources are required to achieve a given law enforcement goal: "Efficiency, as a ratio in which the denominator is measure of resources, can be expressed in different ways: per dollar, per officer, per employee, or per hour" (2003, p. 5). By contrast, though, measuring the effectiveness of a law enforcement organization requires a multidimensional analysis. For instance, Maguire points out that, "Effective police agencies might be those that produce low crime rates, low rates of re-victimization, high quality of life, feelings of safety, and high clearance rates" (2003, p. 6).
Are the methods of measurement likely to be the same in other criminal justice agencies?
Although sheriffs departments may respond to the identical set of…
police departments and sheriff departments vary in terms of their layout, length, and specific content. However, they share some core elements in common such as the commitment to the community. This paper analyses three sheriff department mission statements, seeking their commonalities as well as differences. Building on this analysis, a proper mission statement tailored for my department will be presented. The proper mission statement will take into account the
Metropolitan Police Departments Can Use Traditional Marketing Techniques to Improve Public Relations The days when people trusted police officers simply because they were police officers are over. In today's society, the image of law enforcement has been damaged by incidents like the taped Rodney King beating, the Rampart corruption scandal, and other incidents of excessive force, racial profiling and corruption. Even the courage and heroism shown by New York police officers
Code of Conduct and Ethics Policies for Police A new culture of ethics and good police conduct needs to be adopted by the Tidewater Police Department. It is outrageous -- and a classic example of bad management and poor oversight -- that four police officers have had civil cases filed against them for misconduct in a year's time. These cases are not just bad public relations for the department; in a
Ethics, Values, and Self-Awareness: What Was Lacking in Tulsa The deplorable shooting of an unarmed man named Eric Courtney Harris was precipitated by unethical and ineffective leadership practices and policies used in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. One of the key issues in this case is that the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office relies on public elections of their sheriffs, inviting potential corruption and preventing law enforcement from being independent from politics.
Police Organization Operations The police department is one of the most significant departments in the supervision, maintenance and implementation of the societal order. It is the one that is entrusted with most of the communal maintenance of peace and order through the court orders, the constitution and the police daily routines of community service. The policing system in the U.S.A. has changed quite significantly from the time immemorial when the work of
Law Enforcement Practice, Procedure, Training, and Administration Standards: Local police departments range in size from those employing fewer than ten officers to those employing over 30,000 officers, as in the case of New York City's NYPD, the largest local police agency in the country. With absolutely no existing national standardization for police training, state and local police department training ranges from six-month long, live-in police academies such as those of the largest