For the Police and Society papers, it is important to adhere to the following guidelines to insure the best grade possible: At a minimum, each paper should include the following: A statement of current policy or crime prevention measure Reasons for initiation of policy changes or implementation of crime prevention measures Policy options/crime prevention measures to be considered (a minimum of 3 options) Pros and cons of each option Recommended course of action Reasoning for selecting that course of action Body of Paper The main portion of the paper should be dedicated to establishing the background and discussing the reasoning behind your policy recommendation. The following is an outline describing what the main body of the paper should include. Overview / Background Statement of purpose Why is the decision-maker being asked to consider a policy change at this time? Literature Review Regarding the Origin and Effectiveness of the Current Policy In this section, you will provide a 2-3 page literature review about the policy you have chosen, how it originated, and scientific studies of its effectiveness. Statement on the Necessity for Change What circumstances (e.g., changes in government, leadership, stability, etc.) have changed that make a new approach advisable or necessary? Discussion Discuss the alternatives to the current policy option/prevention measure by enumerating and explaining each policy option/prevention measure in turn. Pros and cons of each policy option/prevention measure should be discussed next. Identify the political, economic, and security implications for each option. Each policy option or prevention measure should be compared and contrasted to the other options as well as to the current policy. Additionally, any policy options that you suggest must also include a review of the current scholarly literature regarding their origin and effectiveness. This is the most important part of the paper. Recommendation Clearly identify which option/measure will be recommended and which options/measures will be discounted. Clearly lay out the argument for why that option/measure is better than each of the others. Implementation Write a detailed recommendation for specific steps on how and when to implement the recommended policy option or crime prevention measure. Works Cited You will need to incorporate 5 SCHOLARLY sources for this assignment. Ideally, you will have at least two sources to help strengthen each of your policy or prevention recommendations. You will need to cite all sources used in the paper in a Works Cited page at the end of your paper, in APA Format.
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