In many ways, the goal of force deployment is similar to most resource allocation decisions: try to do the most work possible with existing, or even fewer, resources, and try to have staff in place when and where they are needed. The deployment challenges facing police executives and command staff include maintaining public safety, efficiently allocating increasingly scarce personnel resources, and responding to citizen needs for appropriate police presence in their community.
Effective deployment of police resources can address all three challenges. By placing police units when and where they are likely to be needed, public safety can be increased. This can be achieved by the deterrent effect associated with police presence, as ...