Some 41 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies told a Police Executive Research Forum survey last year that they were planning more budget cuts. PERF said that was an improvement over a similar survey two years earlier, which said 61 percent were planning cuts. In a new report, “Policing and the Economic Downturn: Striving for Efficiency Is the New Normal,” PERF includes case studies of law enforcement agencies that have developed innovative strategies for dealing with significant budget cuts, including Corpus Christi, TX; Camden, NJ; Lane County, OR; and Manchester, England.
The report concludes that, “thankfully, an economic recovery seems to be under way in some police agencies,” but adds that, “it is undeniable that
when 40 percent of police departments are still facing upcoming cuts in their total funding, the field of policing is suffering.”