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Title: Workforce Modernization in Police Detention Suites: The Dilemmas of Outsourcing in Public Services.
Authors: Heath, Geoff
Mawby, Rob C.
Walley, Lynne
First Published: 2-Feb-2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, 2009, 3 (1), pp. 59-65
Abstract: This article draws upon our experience of evaluating a project funded by the Home Office's workforce modernization programme, which concerned the outsourcing of the detention officer role in an English police force. The efficiency and effectiveness of the project were established, but questions about accountability, equity and sustainability were also raised. These findings complement the literature on outsourcing in the public sector. Studies suggest that the issues associated with the application of outsourcing include the extent to which cost savings are achieved, the causes of such savings and the implications of this for quality and equity. Outsourcing may be seen as a relatively unproblematic way of increasing efficiency in the public sector from some theoretical perspectives, but that is disputed. Our work contributes to the debate by presenting further evidence that, while outsourcing can produce significant savings, this is neither straightforward to achieve nor without awkward side effects.
DOI Link: 10.1093/police/pan070
ISSN: 1752-4512
eISSN: 1752-4520
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © The Authors 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of CSF Associates: Publius, Inc. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, 2009, 3 (1), pp. 59-65 is available online at:
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