The Police Role in Society

This past week,  we discussed police discretion and how much it plays a role in the criminal justice system. We read in Chapter 5- “The Police Role in Society” and Chapter 6- “Police Discretion & Dilemmas. The following week’s “Complete” assignment will reflect material covered in the aforementioned  chapters.


For your Unit 2 Complete assignment, write a narrative essay (minimum 1,200 words) in which you address and discuss the question(s) and statement(s) listed below. Use at least three scholarly sources and remember to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the READ and ATTEND sections in your essay. Cite your sources in APA format.


The “Ferguson Effect” is the idea that crime is rising in urban minority neighborhoods because police officers are not policing like they had been before the “Black Lives Matter” protests.

· What;

do major criminologists say about the controversy?

are the crime rates for the last several years in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle?

· Do the facts support the Ferguson effect and if so, provide an example?


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