It does not require a degree in accounting to accept the financial generalization that the largest cost for most organizations is personnel. If you recognize that, then you must realize that a comparatively small percentage of a criminal justice agency budget will be left for training, equipment, facilities, and other essential costs. Carry this logic a little further and you probably grasp that nonessential costs will receive very little consideration in most budgets.
For this Discussion, locate and review a budget report from a criminal justice agency. If you have difficulty locating a budget report, request assistance from your peers or from your Instructor.
Assignment : Identify which priorities are addressed through the budget document.
Explain how the budget could better identify and meet needs beyond pay, benefits, and overtime.
Describe the shortcomings of the document.
Finally, make recommendations as to how additional justification supplements might assist reviewing officials and taxpayers to better assess the needs and benefits of budget requests.
North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center. (2010). Economics and crime: The effects of the economy on North Carolina’s criminal justice system . System Stats, 27(1), 1–11. Retrieved from https://www.ncdps.gov/div/gcc/pdfs/systemstats/vol27_1.pdf
U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services. (2011). The impact of the economic downturn on American police agencies. Retrieved from http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/RIC/Publications/e101113406_Economic Impact.pdf