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Fowles on 2015′s cities with the best and worst ROI on police spending

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Professor_Jacob_FowlesProfessor Jacob Fowles was a featured expert on a WalletHub article "2015′s Cities with the Best and Worst ROI on Police Spending." Here's a piece of the article:

"For city officials, maintaining public safety is often a balancing act between great leadership and budgeting creativity. This has been especially applicable for many cities since the economic downturn, with police departments having little choice but to do more with less. For additional insight, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in on various issues concerning how police departments are run with residents’ tax dollars. Click on the experts’ profiles to read their bios and responses to the following key questions:

  1. What makes some city police departments more effective than others?
  2. How can residents know whether their tax dollars are being used wisely on public safety?
  3. How have city police budgets fared in the recession and economic recovery?
  4. Should cities adjust spending on police based on crime rates or some other metric?
  5. Do investments in military-grade police equipment help create safer cities or exacerbate latent tensions?
  6. Are we better off having the majority of police officers carry lethal versus exclusively non-lethal weapons?"

Read the full article and Dr. Fowles' answers.


Ruth DeWitt, Communications Manager
KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
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