You will conduct two interviews with practicing professionals in the field of law enforcement. These individuals may occupy positions in federal, state, county, or municipal police agencies, probation, parole, public defenders, judges, or prosecutors’ offices.
It is preferable that you conduct the interviews in person, but telephone interviews will be acceptable if in-person interviews cannot be arranged.
Focus on the following questions in your interviews:
Why are ethics and character so important in the field of law enforcement?
Do the interviewees feel that police are more ethical today or were more ethical 10 years ago?
Why do police officers become involved in misconduct?
Do the interviewees feel that there is enough training offered in ethics at the police academy level? If not, why is that?
Do the interviewees believe that law enforcement agencies are doing enough to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their recruitment, hiring, and procedural practices?
Should ethics training be offered as an ongoing process for law enforcement officers?
Do the interviewees feel that education and/or training in ethics would reduce incidents of police corruption?
Report the results of these interviews in a paper that answers the proposed questions. Apply to your paper information that has been read and discussed in class on various ethical issues to form a synthesis of practical law enforcement ideologies. Be sure to discuss with the interviewees at least four contemporary ethical issues that they are dealing with as criminal justice practitioners. Finally, offer your own insights on the perspectives of the individuals you interviewed and materials covered in the text readings and Seminar discussions.
The paper will be a minimum of 6–8 double-spaced pages using a 12-point font. It must be in APA format.
In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:
Include a cover page and references page in 10 – 12 point font (Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman are acceptable)
Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained
Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.)
Writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful
Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics
Appropriate citation style should be followed
You should also make sure to:
Include a title page with full name, class name, section number, and date
Include an introductory and concluding paragraph and demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English
Use examples to support your discussion
Cite all sources on a separate reference page at the end of your paper and cite within the body of your paper using APA format and citation style. For more information on APA guidelines, visit Academic Tools.