The law enforcement profession is well aware of the need for performance-based management. Results are what count and programs are increasingly required to demonstrate that activities and programs are viable and worthy of budgetary support. This emphasizes the necessity of ensuring that the managerial processes foster accountability. To ensure success, it is essential that organizational leaders encourage and constantly supervise this management process. Performance improvement occurs when there is an ongoing process that creates strategic performance objectives, such as measures performance, collects, and analyses, which result in the reporting of performance data that can focus on improvement. The key chapter in the text is entitled 'Accountability for Performance' inasmuch as it circumscribes the remainder of the concepts discussed, and reviews the necessity of creating an accountability environment fostered by positive communications. The pivotal aspects of accountability are discussed, and each of the five levels reviewed. Chapters deal with a range of potential evaluation tools to include logic models, crime mapping, program evaluation techniques, and problem solving. Considerable attention is given to performance measurement, the different types of measurement and commonly used measures in law enforcement. There is also a brief discussion of CompStat and its four principles with special emphasis on relentless follow-up and assessment. In addition, attention is given to the utilization of performance information and the research measurements that create process improvements. Within the proactive problem-solving process, the reader will find basic questions for the scanning process, objectives, means of defining a problem, environmental surveys, and the recognized sequence of analysis. Consideration is given to the discussion of data quality, verification, validation, and information sources. Law enforcement professionals, researchers, planners, policymakers, and stakeholders at all levels can use this text as a significant resource in the development of performance-based management that stresses accountability, competence and performance.
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