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The Costs Associated with Hiring a Police Officer

Police personnel cost can be as much as 75% of the operating budget of a police department.  Do you think that this is money well spent, Should we ask our law enforcement agencies to do more with less? 

Should the technological advances in law enforcement replace physical police officers?  What impact would this have on the community? Support your assertions with information from a scholarly source.

Police personnel costs are the costs which are incurred by the state or by a given city for the protection and service that is provided by police officers. These are the costs that each and every department in the police force is allocated in the due process of offering service to the community. When distribution is being done, the allocation of funds should depend on the duties and responsibilities that each department has. Some of these departments are highly funded yet their return to the society is quite minimal than other departments. 

New Jersey, “police salaries rank highest in nation with median pay of $90, 672 (Majorian, 2010). According to Fry (2010) “The Chula Vista Police Department has 230 sworn officers. Laying off 33 officers would save the city an estimated $4 million annually, officials said. The Police Department has a $44 million operating budget, which is about 50 percent of the city's general fund” (par.7).

The New York City Police Department consists of 26,756 uniformed and 9,483 non uniformed personnel and is more than twice the size of the Chicago Police Department, the nation’s next largest. Its 1990 budget was $1.6 billion, 94% of which went directly into salaries and personnel services” (Webber, 2015, Crime and Management, par.2).

When it comes to everyone’s safety yes it is money well spent. When police layoffs  occur everyone is impacted in on way or another at can cripple a city. Police departments are forced to worry about only the crimes at hand. What about the drug stings?  Gangs? Should a police officer do with less absolutely not. What about laying off some government official who earns more than $100,000 a year? My mom always said they should not take away from the police and or fire departments. There are there to help us in time of need. We need the police as they are there to protect and serve us. The police are getting thinner.  Our safety is in there hands. How safe would you feel if there was no police? There are other ways they can save money, other then cutting a police officer. 

Selective allocation is based on the responsibilities of a certain department. This will help the different departments to use the available funds in their departments properly and the departments with high demand in terms of requirements and the frequency of operation should be allocated higher funds than those departments that are not that active.

  Reduction in police officers in some of the frequently needed departments like firefighters, crime response units and traffic control units which respond to urgent cases of accidents would have a negative effect to the society and response in case of emergency would be ineffective. Replacing the officers with machines would be effective in terms of saving time but the machines could be subject to malfunctioning giving a chance to criminals to find their way in and commit heinous crimes. Therefore any lay off should depend on the service that the department offers to the community and comparisons and considerations should be done to avoid laying off the wrong officers who are frequently needed by the society.

Technology has advanced and with some of these improvements, some of the areas that depend on physical officers should in a way apply technology in form of security cameras which could survey a given parameter thereby reducing the costs that are incurred in employing and recruiting officers for such jobs . Other measures would be allocation of electronic cards to persons who could be members of a particular government or private organization. where upon entrance one has to swap in the card so that identification is done and the work that could be done by physical officers is easily replaced by machines thereby reducing costs.

  City officials need to make changes in their priorities. IF we are to make the world a better place to live. It all start with a vision. Culture needs to change, to match the vision. Values also play a very important role. Everyone in the police organization  from the top on down needs to understand what those values are, and abide by them or pay the price. Each member of the organization has a responsibility for a piece of a organization. There needs to be weekly meetings so everyone knows what is going on. Performance evaluation needs to be completed on every one in the organization so they know what they need to improve on.

According to Webber (2015) When it comes to the ethic composition of  a police organization there needs to be wide diversity from Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, and Women (page 24).  If a individual is creative the reward system should include them all. Police officers need to have the resources available to them if they are to solve programs. Every police officer needs to develop an ownership of his or her community. I want them to say, “I’m not going to let something happen to this neighborhood. I’m responsible for it.” I want ownership both ways. Once that happens, everything else will fall into place” (Webber, 2015, page 31). Leadership made this mess now they need to fix it. “ “publish the entire proposed metro budget, including all salaries for every metro employee from Mayor Dean down, and let the public decide where they will take the cuts” (Garrison, 2012)


Fry, W. (2010). Chula Vista Police Department eyeing layoffs. Sign On San Diego. Retrieved from http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/16/chula-vista-police-department-making-cuts/

Garrison, J. (2012, May 24). Police chief: Laying off 200 officers would be 'devastating' ... Retrieved from nashvillecitypaper.com/.../police-chief-laying-200-officers-wou... - Similar

Majorian, C. (2010). NJ police salaries rank highest in nation with median pay of $90, 672. NJ.Com. Retrieved from: http://www.nj.com/news/in

Webber, A. M. (2015). Crime and Management: An Interview with New York City Police ... Retrieved from https://hbr.org/.../crime-and-management-an-interview-with-new-york-city- p..

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