ABSTRACT

Instead of relying on traditional cost-saving measures, police agencies need to identify alternate strategies if they are to operate within their funding levels and be able to offer the services that the government and the public expect. Unfortunately, there is no off-the-shelf option for absorbing budget cuts while preventing or responding to crime (Schieder, Spence, & Mansourian, 2012). Furthermore, there is little research available that documents the benefits that may be gained from adopting alternative cost-saving strategies. Given the extent and the projected longevity of the financial crisis, simply trying to outlast decreasing levels of funding is not a long-term option for police agencies (Cohen McCullough & Spence, 2012).