Budgets – Coursework Example

Police Departments Budgeting al Affiliation) Police Departments Budgets The police departments are major players in the municipal budgeting, spending a large part of the municipal budget in every financial year. It is important to note that in most municipalities, the municipal agencies involved in the process of budgeting compete amongst themselves for the limited resources available for allocation. However, the police departments remain at an advantage in such a competition due to the overwhelming interest of the public in safety (Siegel & Worrall, 2015). Case in point, even in the current face of reduced crime rates nationally police departments obtain local and Federal funding. Nevertheless, it is important to note that all the police departments are successful on an equal scale. This can be attributed to poor budgeting, with the inclusion of relevant and significant items in the budget being a major challenge for most of the police departments.
Most police departments develop a capital budget, based on an inclusion criterion that involves tangible assets, one-year life expectancy, and exceeding the minimum threshold cost as provided for by the authority (Mikesell, 2013). Some of the most common areas included in the capital budget include motor vehicles, buildings, land, and system improvements; office equipment, machinery, and tools. In some cases, various items included in the budget cause controversies among stakeholders due to their perceived urgency and benefit. Such items include equipment perceived as luxuries such as leather chairs and cell phones and items that have been cut before from the budget without having an impact on the operations of the police department. However, items that can be repaired to restore their initial conditions such as damaged cars and items that do not have an influence on both the safety of the public and that of the staff within the department ought not to be included in the budget to reduce controversies (Mikesell, 2013).
Mikesell, J. (2013). Fiscal Administration. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Siegel, L., & Worrall, J. (2015). Introduction to Criminal Justice (15th ed.). Belmont: Cengage Learning.