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Saturday, 20 July 2013

A police chief has hired you to examine the perception of police officers in a particular jurisdiction

Write a 2  pages paper that responds to the following scenario:
A police chief has hired you to examine the perception of police officers in a particular jurisdiction.
Specifically, the chief is concerned that the morale among his police officers is poor. However, he needs to collect the information necessary in order to show city-council officials that this is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed with more resources, additional personnel, and better equipment.
The Chief has asked that you:
  1. Read the study presented in Chapter 4 in Voices from the Field on pages 95 – 108;
  2. Review the materials found in your textbook; and
  3. Review outside research resources to do the following:
    • Draw ideas from these sources regarding the manner in which you would create the questions, address the project, and draft your findings. Be sure to properly reference your sources of information, both in the body of your paper and on your Reference Page.
    • Draft a research hypothesis about the relationship between resources, personnel, or equipment, and officer morale.
    • Describe the process of conceptualization and operationalization, giving examples for both.
    • State the primary concept of the study (for example, job satisfaction); and provide operational and conceptual definitions of this concept.
    • Create a survey instrument designed to measure the study concepts, and provide the information needed to evaluate the research hypothesis.
Use Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology,Voices From the Field: Readings in Criminal Justice Research, and additional resources to complete this assignment.
The paper should be doubled-spaced, 12 inch font, and 2 pages in length (not included the front page, and the reference page). Be sure to cite all references while using APA format.
The paper is not a replication of the study in Chapter 4, nor is it a study of the public’s perception of the police. The assignment calls for a plan to study police morale; that is, how police officers feel about their job, their responsibilities, their agency, etc. Your paper should state the reason for the assessment (chief’s concerns); how you will approach the study; and how resources/personnel/equipment impact morale. You should also include an actual survey that you would use to measure the research concepts.
You may consult Online Library, the internet, the textbook, other course material, and any other outside resources in supporting your task, using proper citations in APA style.

Main Books:
Textbook Information
Title: Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 6th Edition
Author: Maxfield, M. &Babbie, E.
Publisher: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning
Maxfield, M. &Babbie, E. (2010). Research methods for criminal justice and criminology (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
ISBN: 9780495811695

Title: Voices From the Field: Readings in Criminal Justice Research
Author: Pope, C. Lovell, R. &Brandl , S.
Publisher: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0-534-56376-7
Book Type: Physical Textbook

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