Dynamic Deployment Of Wildlife Law Enforcement Manpower - A Decision Aid

A methodology for deciding how to deploy law enforcement personnel is proposed. A workload model is used. The methodology is consistent with the concept of management by objectives (MBO) and could serve as a focal point for achieving improved effectiveness in an enforcement division. Use of this model may require the creation of a statewide information system describing the geographical distribution of wildlife agent workload. Although primarily envisioned as an administrative decision aid at the statewide scale, the workload model could be integrated into deployment planning at the district and possibly county level. Major limitations of the model are that it is deterministic and assumes linear relationships among variables. Strategies developed by its application, however, would be superior to political criteria or pure administrative discretion.

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