Assignment 3: Rand Study
The Rand study of 1976 examined municipal and county police and how these agencies were productive in enforcing local laws. The study examined the process of individual investigators and departments and the processes they implemented in the process of trying to solve crimes. The study used statistical data, interviews, and observations to record the entire process from start to finish, as a way to evaluate its overall efficiency. However, the study found that only about 7% of investigator activities were directly related to crime solving. More than half of activities were actually conducted post arrest, showing how ineffective the actual process of closing investigations through arrests was. Moreover, the physical processing of evidence was not nearly as efficient as many would like to think.
As such, the writers of the report recommended policy suggestions to increase the effectiveness of local law enforcement agencies and help reduce costs. One of those recommendations was to increase the working relationship between investigators and prosecutors in order to help speed up time preparing for trial and the effectiveness of state cases against defendants. This could possibly include prosecutors having investigators on their own staff.
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