Handbook on Issues and Practices in Patrol Allocation

For the National Institute of Justice, ILJ prepared several chapters of a report on methods of analyzing patrol staffing needs and techniques for developing new patrol allocation plans. Chapters included alternative methods of handling police calls for service, allocating personnel to meet predetermined objectives, scheduling officers in the most efficient manner, and determining the number of patrol units by geographic area and time of day. The material contains examples of both manual and computer model techniques to assist in patrol allocation. The report is intended for medium and small police departments that have limited resources for analysis.