Assignment 4: Contemporary Issues in Modern Police Operations and the Policing
Due Week 10 and worth 180 points
Select one to two (1-2) contemporary issues in modern police operations and examine the related law enforcement agencies, change, and efficiency. The suggested contemporary issues are below:
- Police evidence collection
- Children and juvenile
- Law enforcement hiring process
- Criminal investigation
- Gangs and drugs
- Police patrol
- Or other issues or topics from the textbook that interest you
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
- Summarize the history of law enforcement operations as it relates to the issue(s) that you selected.
- Determine the key law enforcement agencies that are responsible for enforcing law related to your chosen issue(s).
- Explain at least one (1) major change to law enforcement operations related to the issue(s) that you selected. Next, provide at least one (1) reason why the identified change was necessary. Support your response.
- Give your opinion as to whether or not the change that you determined in Question 3 improved police operations in dealing with your selected issue(s). Provide a rationale for your response.
- Discuss the main requirements related to training that local and federal law enforcement agencies must address as they relate to your selected issue(s).
- Use at least three (3) quality academic resources as references, such as journal articles, newspapers, magazines, and publications from law enforcement associations. Note: Wikipedia, blogs, and similar websites do not qualify as quality academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of law enforcement.
- Compare and contrast the hierarchy of command associated with modern law enforcement agencies.
- Discuss the theoretical undertones of policing strategies (i.e., community policing, patrol patterns).
- Discuss ideological and practical positions and debate controversial issues in policing.
- Examine the requirements of local and federal agency training requirements.
- Use technology and information resources to research advanced issues in law enforcement.
- Write clearly and concisely about advanced issues in law enforcement using proper grammar and mechanics.
- Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.