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Evaluating the crime desk and its role as investigator

Martin Gill (Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
Jerry Hart (Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
Ken Livingstone (Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

This paper addresses key issues in the implementation of a managed response to crime. Based on a major study of resource allocation decision‐making procedures in the British Police Service, it focuses on the “crime desk”, both as an aid to management and as an operational centre for new forms of investigation. While the authors found a clear indication that crime desks brought benefits by alleviating the administrative burden imposed by the crime recording process, evidence that their potential as an investigative resource was less clear. However, they produce a strong argument that this could be amended if key issues are understood and addressed by the police service.

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Gill, M., Hart, J. and Livingstone, K. (2000), "Evaluating the crime desk and its role as investigator", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 246-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510010333877

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