New Tech Guide for Justice and Public Safety Now Available


Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Creating Performance Measures that Work
Performance measures can help law enforcement agencies assess and report on the impact of their policing efforts, whether those efforts include adopting a new technology or new community policing initiatives. This Guide will help agencies develop the necessary performance measures that can be used to improve individual programs and initiatives and can be integrated into broader performance management frameworks. It includes a six-step process for measuring performance, practical real-life examples, templates, recommendations, and checklists.

The Tech Guide for Creating Performance Measures that Work is designed to provide law enforcement and justice agencies with background information and a structured process for measuring and managing performance. It's not just about measuring the impact of a particular program. It addresses a) establishing precise, measurable priorities and objectives; b) measuring progress in addressing priorities, achieving objectives, and realizing value in real terms; c) providing incentives, establishing accountability, and ensuring that programs and operations are strategically focused and tactically implemented and monitored to achieve the results intended; and d) incorporating ongoing performance measurement into the fundamental structure and management of operations of law enforcement and justice agencies.

The guide is available on the SEARCH Web site at: It can also be downloaded from the COPS Web site at

"This guide is fifth in a series of five Tech Guides prepared by SEARCH in cooperation with COPS. When used together, they are a powerful toolset for technology implementation," said Ms. Kelly J. Harris, SEARCH Executive Director of Programs.