Issue Paper Subjects
Issue Paper Instructions
Issue Papers Subjects
1. Define Community policing and
explain the history and development of this model. Compare and contrast
Community Policing with the Political and Professional models.
2. Define police corruption.
Identify what factors may foster and maintain corruption. Discuss possible
solutions to corruption problems.
3. Describe some of the unique
problems confronting todays police recruiters as well as some of the unique
measures being taken to obtain a viable applicant pool.
4. Explain how the New York Citys
Compstat process functions and its potential and/or use by other jurisdictions.
5. Define Police discretion, some
of its advantages and disadvantages, and factors that enter into the officers
decision making process.
6. Describe how the Internet has
provided new opportunities for criminals and challenges for police agencies.
compare and contrast reasonable suspicion and probable cause.
8. Define racial profiling.
Discuss it consequences to the community and the police organization. Explore
some of the ways in which agencies can respond to problems associated with
9. Describe the possible causes
and extent of the nations gang problem. Explore some of the methods being used
by the police to deal with gangs.
10. Describe hate crime and some of
the distinct differences between hate crimes and other crimes. Explore some of
the methods being used by the police to investigate and deal with hate crimes.
1. Describe the historical
development of policing. Begin in England and explain the development of
policing in America through the today.
2. In detail describe the police
hiring and training process. Explain some of the benefits and costs of the
different types of pre-employment testing. Also, explain the various training
models and their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Describe the general
organization and administration of a modern police agency in the United States.
4. In lay terms describe DNA and
DNA Analysis, use of DNA in criminal investigations and DNA databases. In
November 2004, there was a state wide election regarding DNA collection.
Describe the issue, the outcome and give arguments pro and con.
5. Provide a
one or two paragraph description for EACH of the following:
Uniformed Crime Reports
B. Tennessee v. Garner
The SARA Problem Solving Model
Gideon v. Wainwright
E. The Exclusionary Rule
F. The limitations on a police officers Constitutional Rights
Section 1983 Civil Suits
Automated Finger Print Identification Systems
Issue Paper Instructions
issue. Notify the instructor of your choice by February 9, 2007, via
Students will be
required to prepare a typed, 5-7 page analysis of a course related issue. The
student will have a choice of ten issues which are available at the course
website. At a minimum, it is expected that the students will produce an
academically sound and properly formatted work (APA format is strongly
encouraged) with a minimum of five
sources, not including the text
book. The instructor will provide more information concerning Issue Paper
expectations during class. The paper will graded on content as well as
You will need at
least one large Bluebook.
You must submit your
participation log with the final.
Read all of the
instructions on this website - ask questions, early and often!
The final examination
will consist of two essay questions and will be
cumulative. The five final questions are
posted on the course website. However, only two of them will be the final
examination. The student should be prepared to answer all five at the time of
final because the two questions to be asked will be announced at the final.
Although this is not an open book test, students may use any notes they took
during class or while studying during the final examination. An in class review
will be held prior to the final. They must be the students notes refer to the
syllabus section on ethical conduct for further information. The student
MUST answer both questions.
Above average and superior responses to the final questions will include
sourcing from the readings, lectures, videos and class discussions
Recall our discussion
about my expectations. Superior work (A) will cite multiple sources, build
logical arguments, commentary and answers.