Examine the pros and cons of a law
enforcement administration budgeting process of your choice. How is the
budgeting cycle used? Are jobs outsourced? Is outside funding utilized? Does
the budget align with the goals of the community in regard to fighting crime
and quality of life issues?
A individual makes their choice to enter law enforcement for many different
reasons. But, being the individual who prepares a budget for a law enforcement
agency isn’t one of those. “Making out budget preparation is one of the most important
administrative tasks of a public safety organization” (Stuart, n.d., p.1). Every law enforcement agency, or agency has to make sure they account for future or
present costs. No two agencies are the same. The most popular budget is the
line item. There are many budgets such as Zero baaed, and Performance. It is
the controlling authority who has the final say to a budget. Each agency covers
the internal part of a budget different. In the city of Madison Wisconsin found
that out. The year 2005 they had over
expended there “operating budget by about one million dollars” (Stuart, n.d.,
p.1). This was explained as routine by the mayor’s spokes person. There are
those agencies that have to abide and live within a amount approved by the
controlling authority. A sound budget preparation would be necessary.
. The law enforcement
administration budgeting process of the public sectors has various pros and
cons. The budgeting process provides several advantages just like other control
methods. The major strength of the law enforcement administration budgeting
process in the public sector is that it enables the improvement of resource
allocation such that there is equitable distribution of resources and that all
requests are justified. The budgets also help in transforming strategic plans
into reality by ensuring that the resources, revenues as well as activities are
defined so that the strategic plan can be carried out successfully (Hope & Fraser, 2003).
The budgets are also used in
carrying out corrective actions and this is normally made possible through
relocations. Budgets also have limitations which are follows: some budgets may
create politics as well as competition for scarce resources. Some budgets may
lack flexibility and this may reduce the creativity as well as innovation to
the subordinates making it hard to acquire money for new generated ideas. The
budget cycle is the period of time that the budget will be operational from the
time of creation to the time of evaluation. It has four parts which are as
follows preparation and submission, consent, implementation, audit and
assessment. These sections are very vital tools that determine the success of a
the tasks in the budgeting sector require professionals and hence most
organizations prefer to outsource those activities. Outside funding are not
always utilized especially in public sectors since in most cases there is
embezzlement of funds by the people in charge of the budgeting process. The
budget does not align with the goals of the community in regard to crime and
quality of life issues since we find that such issues are allocated the least
funds due to the greed of the people in charge of the budgeting process and
hence there is an increase in crime rates since there are no funds or rather
enough funds to curb the crime
It is hard for mayors, commissions
and other administrators to deny support (and hopefully funding) when
indisputable justification exists (Stuart, n.d.). There are those times when your budget cannot
be approved nor full funding of your budget
no matter the justification.
J., & Fraser, R. (2003). Beyond budgeting: How managers can break free
from the annual performance trap.
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