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The Feasibility of One-Officer Patrol in New York City

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  • Linda Green

    (Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027)

  • Peter Kolesar

    (Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027)

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    Abstract

    How many patrol cars staffed with a single police officer are needed to provide equivalent police service to an existing system with n two-officer patrol cars? This question is explored for New York City using a multiple patrol car per call priority queueing model. It is shown that a one-officer patrol program is feasible, yet pitfalls exist which could adversely affect its performance. The paper details the process of data analysis and model building and emphasizes the subjective elements that remain in a highly technical OR study. Speed of response to emergency calls from the public was the key performance characteristic considered. The analysis also raised issues related to the safety of police officers in one-officer cars.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1984)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 964-981

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:30:y:1984:i:8:p:964-981

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    Keywords: governmental services; police; queues: multi-channel; priority; applications; urban policy analysis;

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    Cited by:
    1. Aksin, O. Zeynep & Harker, Patrick T., 2003. "Capacity sizing in the presence of a common shared resource: Dimensioning an inbound call center," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 147(3), pages 464-483, June.
    2. Kevin Curtin & Karen Hayslett-McCall & Fang Qiu, 2010. "Determining Optimal Police Patrol Areas with Maximal Covering and Backup Covering Location Models," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 125-145, March.
    3. Northrop, Alana & Kraemer, Kenneth L. & King, John Leslie, 1995. "Police use of computers," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 259-275.

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