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posted on 19.08.2005by Leigh M. Drake, Richard Simper
Since the Labour government came to power in 1997, it has introduced a regime whereby
public services are accountable in respect of best value performance indicators (BVPIs).
A recent Public Services Productivity Panel (PSP) (2000) report has developed a set of
criteria whereby the economic analysis of police force efficiency by the Home Office is
to be made standard. In this paper we utilise an innovative distance function strategy in
contrast to the standard efficiency techniques (Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic
cost Frontier Analysis) advocated in PSP (2000). We present results from four different
distance function models; Data Envelopment Analysis; Free Disposal Hull; Super-
Efficiency; and Stochastic Frontier Analysis; in order to assess police force efficiency
during the sample period 1996 – 1999.