One of the most common problems encountered by law enforcement agencies is the allocation of their resources. Various approaches have been employed by agencies not just around the US but all over the world to address manpower provisioning, mostly in a trial and error fashion. This webinar provides a mathematical and data-driven approach to staffing that ensures each agency addresses their needs based on their existing realities.
Peter Bellmio is back on Justice Clearinghouse to deliver the criminal investigations portion of his webinar series. Peter is a Criminal Justice Management Consultant and he uses computer models to analyze staffing needs for different law enforcement and emergency response units. The results of the data he collects, processes and analyzes are used by agencies to develop optimal scheduling plans aligned with the agencies’ goals.
On this session, Peter delves into workload and staffing for the criminal investigations unit. Some of the points included in this course are:
- An overview of the full criminal investigations process and its goals.
- The crime problems as recorded in different jurisdictions.
- The percentage of crimes reported and cleared, and arrests made.
- Conducting comparative analyses of crime problem-related variables and findings.
- Proactive investigations on crimes like drugs and juveniles, its elements and the strategies utilized to address these.
- Measuring the performance of the investigation process with case studies to exhibit how these are done.
- Starting with the preliminary investigation that must be thorough, standardized, and integrated into training.
- The investigation decision models made for felony, robbery and burglary that were able to identify the factors that affect clearance for each respective crime type.
- Incorporating reports into crime scene processing to identify the impact of physical evidence on clearance.
- The importance of proper case assignments for effective follow-up investigations.
- Employing a unified and standardized case management system within an agency and the types of data to measure and include.
- Conducting the Detective Staffing Analysis and implementing a new scheduling/staffing based on the results.
- The factors to consider, variables and formulae used for the staffing computations and the analysis process.
- The level of commitment to execute the project which requires buy-in and cooperation across different involved agency units – including planning, research and training.
- The critical issues to take into account when implementing the findings of the Detective Staffing Analysis.
- Questions raised by the audience involved:
- Resources and templates for the reports and reporting guides.
- How to compel the personnel on the significance of initial information gathering and create ownership.
- Involving the training department when initiating change.
- Common and biggest mistakes departments commit when determining staffing for investigators.
- Evaluating how much an investigator can realistically work on at a point in time.
- The factors considered when making a comparative assessment between jurisdictions.
Resources Mentioned During Webinar
- “Great reminder that before deciding on staffing and workload needed, that you need to identify your goals because they will affect your staffing requirements.” –Karen
- “I do patrol allocations, so investigations allocation is a skill that would benefit both myself and my agency. I’m looking to build the skill, and this webinar helped.” –Michelle
- “It was really good and took away good talking points for agencies who are battling for more help.” – Janette
- “Most valuable thing: making changes and improvements to the deployment of an agency’s forces–the presenter listed specific areas to examine and address as well as methods for data collection and analysis.” — Alana
- “Really, where to start. It is really difficult to find good examples on how to measure investigative workload and this webinar brought provided an entirely different approach that I think will resonate with my agency’s command staff.” –Lisa
- “Seems like he knew a lot about the data and the truth he speaks is evident. ” –Jon