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Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Demonstrated an understanding of current research regarding police patrol functions to include examples of notions of fairness and equity and the importance of response times, with the introduction of additional considerations exemplified in research. 44
Correctly demonstrated with some detail the meaning and effectiveness of preventive patrol, directed patrol, or the broken windows theory and introduced additional patrol models to consider from other agencies on the basis of current research. 32
Demonstrated an understanding of competing legitimate interests within the community by providing a comparison for each competing interest, further supported by a prioritization plan for addressing each issue. 40
Examined and explained a patrol coverage plan using a rational approach to reconcile competing legitimate interests despite limited resources and provided an implementation and communication plan to address common themes with budgetary considerations. 32
Wrote the position paper from the perspective of the assistant chief of the Centervale Police Department, with documentation that (with several examples from current research to address the patrol coverage needs in Centervale) describes the current state of the community and identifies issues around allocating patrol resources and serving the needs of the community. 32
Writing components. 20
Total: 200




Module 3: Module 3 - M3 Assignment Assignment 2: LASA 1: Patrol Allocation Decisions

 

A major challenge for any police administrator is to determine how to allocate the limited resources of the

 

police department to meet the law enforcement needs of the community being served. There is no facet

 

of policing that better demonstrates this challenge than the patrol function. An administrator must not only

 

assess the purpose and capability of the patrol function within the department, but also determine what

 

the patrol will look like in the community, and when and where it will do so. Everyone would like to see a

 

cop drive down their street from time to time. But does everyone need a cop in their neighborhood? What

 

purpose and interests are being served by having patrol officers in one area of town instead of another?

 

Does it make sense to saturate some areas with coverage, even if other areas will go unpatrolled? These

 

are the real choices confronting police chiefs and sheriffs today.

 

Instructions:

 

In this assignment, assume the role of an assistant chief in the Centervale Police Department (CPD). The

 

police chief has asked you to develop a position paper to reflect a patrol strategy for the department

 

which will best serve the needs of Centervale. The chief wants you to consider everything you know about

 

the effectiveness of preventive patrol, directed patrol, broken windows theory, notions of fairness and

 

equity, and other considerations you deem important.

 

Here are some basic facts about Centervale that will help guide your patrol strategy: Centervale is a fairly large, suburban, working class community near a major American city. Your

 

police department includes 100 patrol officers. 50% of the population lives north of the railroad tracks; 50% lives south of the railroad tracks. 80% of the crime occurs north of the railroad tracks; 20% occurs south of the tracks. 20% of the tax base can be found north of the railroad tracks; 80% is south of the tracks (that is,

 

most of the money paying for town services is generated in the south). Crime rates in town go up significantly at night; however, the population of the town goes up

 

significantly during the day (due to an influx of reverse commuters and vibrant retail activity). On average, it takes ten minutes for an officer to arrive to a call when dispatched from the south

 

side of town to the north, or vice versa; however, on average it takes only five minutes to arrive to

 

a call when the officer is already on the correct side of the tracks for the call. What You Need to Do . . .

 

Write a 3-4 page position paper for the chief's consideration which outlines your belief as to how patrol

 

resources should be allocated in Centervale. In other words, where and when would you place your patrol

 

officers in the community?

 

Further, justify your approach based on current research and existing literature about preventive and

 

directed patrol, notions of fairness and equity, the importance of response times, and any other

 

considerations you deem important. In any case, cite at least two additional sources of information beyond the assigned readings. Feel free to

 

make additional assumptions about conditions within Centervale that are not presented in the assignment

 

(for example, the type of crime that is prevalent in the city). However, if you do so, make sure you state

 

those assumptions up front in your assignment as a note to the instructor.

 

Assignment Criteria:

 

In your paper, be sure to demonstrate: An understanding of current research regarding police patrol functions The meaning of preventive patrol, directed patrol, broken windows, and/or other patrol models An understanding of competing legitimate interests within the community and a rational approach

 

toward reconciling these interests despite limited resources Clear, concise writing which reflects critical thinking skills Submission Details:

 


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