Publication Date

Spring 1978

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Political Science


John T. Ballard


In the United States, the rendering of police service is carried out by some of the world's finest forces which operate immediately adjacent to other agencies which have made no earnest move toward improving their methods in field operations since World War II. These deficient agencies seem to cling to tradition and oppose change even when innovations exist which have been shown to be more effective than present methods or when present methods are shown to be ineffective.

It is not surprising, therefore, that only in the last few years has the academician been considered of importance to law enforcement. The modern police administrator must be sensitive to and receptive of current research and analysis in order to recognize problems that may exist within his agency and to know where he may turn for solutions to those problems that do exist. The President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice noted that many departments fail to deploy and utilize personnel efficiently, especially in the patrol division. Manpower deployment in the patrol division is the focus of this thesis.