On Leadership and Effective Control in Police Forces

  • M A P Willmer
  • K. Gaston


In recent times there has been an increased emphasis on the efficient and effective use of police resources with chief officers having to show that their existing resources are being used to the optimum. For instance, central government will only grant funds for additional manpower or equipment if a specific need together with anticipated benefits has been demonstrated. Indeed, in relation to force establishments Home Office circular 114/83 indicates that the Home Secretary“… will not normally be prepared to authorise additional posts unless he is satisfied that the force’s existing resources are used to best advantage…. it will not be sufficient for applications to be cast in general terms; a specific case for additional posts will need to be made.” This necessity to justify closely requests for additional resources has led to an increased emphasis on the measurement of performance. HOC 114/83 indicates that the Home Secretary “…will look to H.M. Inspectors for their professional assessment of whether, for example, resources are directed in accordance with properly determined objectives and priorities…”


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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • M A P Willmer
    • 1
  • K. Gaston
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Business SchoolManchesterGreat Britain

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