- Subject index
Local governments in the United States are important in providing an almost endless variety of services that immediately affect our lives. And, in recent years local governments and administrators are becoming increasingly important as they try to deal effectively with drugs, AIDS, homelessness, gangs, economic decline, or even economic development. A well written examination, this important volume provides a descriptive analysis of how public administrators manage municipal government. Managing Local Government explores conceptual and empirical dimensions of public administration including the legal aspects of public management; human resource management; budgeting and public finance; the political dimension; intergovernmental relations; and ethical considerations. Within this context, the authors take up such pressing and practical issues as economic development, housing, culture and recreation, public safety, transportation, and waste disposal. Professionals and students of public administration, urban studies, policy studies, and political science will find this volume essential reading. “The American text, Managing Local Government: Public Administration in Practice is another example in the large collections of readings, modestly priced, and … covering key policy and administration issues. … The bringing together of these studies, mostly written by practitioners, is a long overdue and worthy contribution to the literature. The insights contained here could hitherto only be gleaned from professional journals. In teaching a course on municipal administration I found this book to contain important practical and theoretical insights. I can only hope that someone will be stimulated to draw together similar insights from the Canadian background.” --Trevor Price, University of Windsor
Chapter 12: Management of Public Safety
Management of Public Safety
The management of community safety services — police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) — is a primary concern of citizens. Due to the public's high expectations concerning these services, managing public safety is seen as a critical part of local government service provision. Policy decisions based on citizen demands establish mandates and direction of the delivery and levels of service. The delivery of service provided to the community is determined to a great extent by the levels and application of management and administration. This chapter will discuss dimensions of public administration as they apply to police, fire, paramedic, and emergency management.
The following sections will describe each of the public safety services and discuss the application of ...