EDLESTON, O.S.S.T. and BARTLETT, L.M., 2006. An application of demand profiling and optimisation of staffing levels within Leicestershire Police Force. Proceedings of the Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2010 (SW10).
In modern society there is a necessity for
industries to maximise their productivity but also
to minimise their outlay, be that in the form of
equipment or personnel. Motivated by interest
within UK policing towards professionalization
of their service, the dual problem of modelling
the demands upon front-line Police officers and
the optimisation of available resources is
investigated. Demand borne from calls to service
from the general public is considered and a
method whereby this may be realistically
quantified in a predictive model is shown. An
optimisation technique is described that
minimises the number of staff required in order to
meet expected demand using a user input series
of shift definitions.
A tool is created that contains both the demand
profiling and optimisation functions described.
The effectiveness of this tool is then shown by
application to the shift allocation of Police
personnel with results illustrating this provided.
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