Product Feature: Purchasing

The process of purchasing and budgeting is not one of the more glamorous jobs in law enforcement. However, it is one of the most important, and being prepared for the process can help stop complications before they start—and help departments work more efficiently in an era of constrained resources.

From light bulbs to big-ticket technology buys, law enforcement leaders with purchasing and budgeting experience say that understanding the terrain—procedural nuts and bolts, individual roles, and the needs and wants of a department—before getting started is key to recognizing and avoiding pitfalls.