Project #10171 - Concept Paper: Discretion

Concept Paper: Discretion

Background: Discretion is the exercising of choice. Usually discretion involves a conscious, purposeful decision to disregard a directive, protocol, or normative behavior in favor of some alternative recourse deemed to be more appropriate to the current circumstance or condition. Discretion is fraught with risk. Deviation from direction may be construed as disrespect, disobedience, or worse; however, failure to identify the appropriate application of discretion may brand the leader as insensitive, unrealistic, or a martinet. The various elements and characters in the criminal justice system are replete with the opportunity (and the necessity) for the exercise of discretion, none more so than the law enforcement function. The role of the police administrator is doubly challenging, as he or she must determine how best to use discretion as well as encourage or dissuade discretion by subordinate members of the agency.

Project Assignment: You will submit a concept paper describing two discretionary situations for a police chief. The situations may focus on either operational issues (e.g., uniform patrol deployment, criminal investigation/arrest, traffic control, crime prevention, etc.) or administrative issues (e.g., disciplinary action, hiring, training, budget/procurement, public information, etc.). The exercise of discretion in one situation may be appropriate while being inappropriate in another.

Important: The situations selected MUST remain at the level of police chief. For example, the chief may have to take disciplinary action for a situation that affects a subordinate officer. The discretion of the subordinate officer is not at issue; it is the actions of the chief that must remain the focus. As the paper is written, continue to ask yourself, why is this important to the chief? How does this affect the chief’s job? To whom does the chief answer and why? If the chief does not take this action, what are the repercussions politically and/or professionally? These are just a few of the questions to keep in mind.

For each situation, you will describe:

•the situation, the controlling protocol, and the discretionary alternative(s)

•the reasons supporting compliance with the controlling protocol (what are the rules, regulations, laws?)

•the justification for the exercise of discretion

•the determination that discretion is appropriate/inappropriate, and why

 

Topical headings are required. Begin with an introduction and discussion of discretion (with proper citations) and then use the bulleted items above and end with a “conclusion.”

 

In support of this project a minimum of two additional sources must be referenced in addition to textbook and course reading materials.

Format:

· The submitted project must be a minimum 1,750 words, not including cover page and references page.

· The cover page should include the name and number of the course, the name of the student, title of the project and the date of submission.

· The composition narrative must be created using double spacing, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins.

· Resources, including course materials, must be cited both in the narrative where appropriate and on a separate references page, using APA citation rules.   

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/04/2013 02:30 pm
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