Today’s police forces are under incredible pressure. Many are facing the most significant budget cuts they have seen in decades and the drive for improved efficiency is stronger than ever before. At the same time, public expectations of police services have changed; shifting demographics and crime patterns, increased public participation and calls for transparency are all creating new demands on police resources.
The Changing the equation: Improving police services by reducing demand report is based on interviews of KPMG’s Justice & Security Lead Partners in the US, the UK, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and India.
The report argues that today's police forces need to take a new approach if they hope to meet the growing pressures they now face from budgetary constraints and shifting demand. The emerging strategies, approaches and insights provided in this report reflect the experience of dozens of police forces around the world. Yet our J&S experts also recognize the unique environments that each police force operates within and so, rather than trying to provide a ‘one-size-fits-all’ blueprint for demand reduction, this paper focuses instead on identifying the enablers that are critical to successfully influence demand for police services.