The paper may include legal, technological, or moral issues impacting law enforcement intelligence collection and/or analysis.
It is highly desirable that your topic would have application or relevance to your current or intended profession or agency, or to your own academic research interests on a major topic within law enforcement intelligence.
Following are the expectations, requirements, criteria and guidelines for the final research paper:
- Minimum of 8 pages, maximum of 15 pages (not including cover/title page, list of references, or any appendices).
- The paper must be clear, concise, and logically organized, with correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- All acronyms, abbreviations or technical terms must be defined clearly when first introduced.
- Minimum of 5 appropriate scholarly or official sources used. Appropriate sources include books, peer-reviewed journal articles, statutes or congressional testimony, executive orders or directives, and official Web sites, reports, plans, white papers, policies, standards, strategies or guidelines by government agencies, think-tanks, associations, etc. Articles in trade journals or popular media (e.g., magazines, newspapers, etc.) may also be used on a limited basis to supplement or reinforce scholarly sources. Wikipedia and blogs are not acceptable sources. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and will result in penalty grades for this assignment and the course.
- All in-text source citations and bibliography/list of references must be consistent throughout the paper.
- Graphs, tables, charts, maps and appendices are not required, but may be included if necessary or helpful. If included, these must be clearly and consistently labeled, and must be referred to within the narrative to establish relevance.
- The paper must display your grasp and application of key concepts from this course, along with evidence of your own analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking regarding the issues addressed in your paper.