Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rational Model

The implementation of red lightcameras in our city would be a good place to use the rational model approach.  I say this because the implementation of the red light cameras will be done in a logical, step-by-step installation process.  There is a set fee that has been agreed upon by the city and the company that we are doing business with.  The installation will be based on a rational agreed upon financial agreement based on the economic theory.   We can assume that the outcome will be completely rational as it has been predetermined.  The best alternatives have already been vetted and the best alternative has been chosen.  Since there is a pre-agreed contract for the installation that decision maker is aware of all the possible alternatives.  With this decision the decision maker can calculate the probability of success for each alternative.  With the raw data and the future data that comes in the decision maker can strive to optimize for the best possible alternative. 
I am going to use a decision that I have made in the past where I thought it was best to satisfice rather than to optimize.  I have never been a fan of the 12 hour work schedule.   I think that a person is not designed to work 12 hours straight in a stressful situation such as police work.  When I first arrived in Marshall, Texas as the police Chief I was advised that an efficiency study had been done that showed that the best shift for the officers to work was an 8 hour shift.  I in turn think that the best schedule to work is that of a 10 hour shift.  The officers on the other hand prefer to stay on the 12 hour shift because it affords them with more time off which translates to quality time with family.  The officers made it clear that they would not be happy with a change in a schedule time.  I had a few discussions with the officers and came to the conclusion that it would be best just to leave things as is.  It was best to satisfice the needs and wants of the officers in order to maintain the morale of the officers.
The Z-model was also used in making the decision on staying on the 12- hour shift.  I had to use the Z-model in making that decision based on the fact that after weighing the impact that the change in shift would have on my officers it was best to stay on the 12-hour shift.  The efficiency study stated one thing, I wanted yet another schedule, and the officers wanted to stay on the shift that they have been on for the past 5 years.  After weighting it out I decided to go ahead and keep the officers on the 12-hour schedule as I stated above.  The effectiveness of the decision was right on the money as I was able to build trust with my new officers and show that I truly had their best interest in mind.
I have not been able to recall a time where I made a decision that I did not weight out first.  I will say that the past administration had driven the morale off the officers into the ground to the point that they commenced an unofficial work slowdown.  The administration before mine did not take the opinion of the officers or their best interest into consideration.  The outcome was a department that had a low morale when I took over it.  What I have stated above is a good example as to why we must always make sure to weigh the impact of all of our decisions.

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