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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Pricing police services: theory and practice

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Title:Pricing police services: theory and practice
Author(s):James Talaga, (Department of Marketing, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Louis A. Tucci, (Department of Management and Marketing, College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA)
Citation:James Talaga, Louis A. Tucci, (2008) "Pricing police services: theory and practice", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 31 Iss: 3, pp.380 - 394
Keywords:Cost-based pricing, Data analysis, Police, United States of America
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639510810895768 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors wish to express thanks to Chief Stephen J. White of the Doylestown Township, Pennsylvania Police Department for his insights into some of the practical aspects of policing and police management.The opinions in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Chief White or the Board of Supervisors of Doylestown Township.

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to present and test a particular theory of pricing of police services.

Design/methodology/approach – A theory of police pricing was developed, then tested using data collected from a mail survey of Chiefs of Police in Pennsylvania.

Findings – Pricing practices vary considerably among police departments. There appears to be no underlying theory in the practice of pricing of police services.

Research limitations/implications – Research was limited to one state in the USA and for a limited number of police services.

Practical implications – In setting prices, police departments ought to consider how the price charged is consistent or inconsistent with achieving their overall departmental goals.

Originality/value – No previous empirical studies on how police departments charge for their services have been found. This research may lead to a more complete understanding of policing operations.

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