A cost-based analysis of the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary

Hemsted, Clara Louise (2013) A cost-based analysis of the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The primary aim of this study is to conduct a cost-based analysis of the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary (MSC) and this will be done by answering the following research questions:
    • What evidence is there to support the growth of the MSC?
    • What are the benefits to the organisation and what value do they add?
    • What are the costs and implications associated with the MSC?
    There are currently approximately 5,350 Officers in the MSC and the organisation is aiming to increase this number to 10,000 to achieve the Mayoral target set by Boris Johnson. This study will look at the use of the MSC and attempt to evaluate how cost-effective they are as an MPS resource. A significant investment has been made into the MSC to increase numbers and improve standards, however little evaluation work has been done to assess whether it is beneficial to the organisation to continue to invest in the MSC, especially during such times of austerity.
    This research will firstly conduct a cost-based analysis of the MSC, identifying the costs incurred from recruitment through to the start-date of an MSC Officer to establish a cost-per-head estimate. The productivity of the MSC will then be analysed, looking in particular at ten boroughs selected to represent a crosssection of the MPS. The outputs and productivity of the MSC in these boroughs will be compared to professional standards and supervision levels to establish whether there is any correlation between supervision, cost, productivity and standards. Finally, a small qualitative study will be conducted to measure the value that the MSC add to the MPS in these boroughs and this will be done through interviews with selected key stakeholders.
    The findings of this study will seek to answer the research questions posed and as such, the discussion and conclusion will be structured in response to these questions.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 10:20
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13950

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