The Virtual Criminal Justice Alliance ….Background

Part I: Project 1: Case Study (3 pages, 5 references)

The student will evaluate the presence and efficacy of inter-agency collaboration and cooperation as factors in case outcome.

  1. Read the following report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:

Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence

Baltimore Comprehensive Communities Program — Baltimore, MD

Baltimore’s Comprehensive Communities Program   ( http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/html/cd_rom/solution_gang_crime/pubs/PromisingStrategiestoReduceGunViolence.pdf )

  1. Read the following report

    The University of Maryland, Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) downloaded from  http://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/pubs/20010801.pdf

  1. Respond to the following questions:
  1. A. Describe the positive aspects of the collaborative initiative
  2. B. What partner do you feel is less essential to the initiative and why? (Note “None” is not an option.)
  3. C. What criminal justice entity do you feel could have enhanced the success of the initiative?]
  4. D. What NON-criminal justice entity do you feel could have enhanced the success of the initiative?

  1. Complete Project 1 (Case Study) in the following format:’
  1. A minimum of three (3) full pages of narrative text
  2. Respond to the four questions (a, b, c and d) in item 3 above
  3. Support your work with a a MINIMUM of five (5) resources other than the class instructional material. Narrative and Resource page citations must be done in the American Psychological Association (APA) format
  4. A cover page (not included in the page count)
    1. Name of the student
    2. Name and number of the course
    3. Date of submission
    4. All other pages will be double-spaced, 1 inch margin, 12 font.
  5. The Resource page (not included in the page count) must reflect

Part II: Group Project ( Total 11 pages)

 (Phase # 1, 2, & 3 (3 pages, 5 references each and Phase # 5, 2 pages, 4 references)

Group Project: presented with a problem involving multiple agencies, you are to assume an agency role and a project role to identify a collaborative, optimal solution. You will present an agency description for the LAW ENFORCEMENT component that you are representing for this project, the agency’s perspective and role, and research the available resources. Throughout this project you should assume the character (role play) of the leader of the LAW ENFORCEMENT agency when dealing with your counterparts from other agencies within their jurisdiction.

Phase1Agency Description.  You have been assigned to of the following criminal justice components to represent and for which to serve as advocate:

  • Law Enforcement

Please submit a 3 page paper (5 references) describing the function and purpose of the designated criminal justice component and how it interrelates to other components. Please create a separate cover and reference page for each phase of this project

Phase 2Agency Perspective and Role: Please describe the perspective and role the law enforcement agency has in dealing with the Group Project problem as assigned by the instructor (see case below).

  • What are the traditional and practical approaches for the agency’s dealing with the problem?
  • Why is/has there been a reluctance to change approaches/strategies?
  • What motivations would be required to affect a different approach or strategy (other that direction from a higher jurisdictional authority)?

Please submit a 3 page paper describing the perspective and role of the law enforcement to include the considerations referenced above. This description will be supported by 5 outside resources. Please create a separate cover and reference page for each phase of this project

Phase 3 – Research/Resource Availability:  You will identify and describe the resources available to the law enforcement agency for addressing the Group Project problem.

  • What resources are available within the agency to address the Group Project problem?
  • What resource shortfall precludes a more effective response?
  • What data (identify and summarize) supports their current role or level of involvement
  • What data (identify and summarize) may dictate a change in that role.

Please submit a 3 page paper describing the resourced and data available to their designated criminal justice component to include the considerations referenced above. This description will be supported by 5 outside resources. Please create a separate cover and reference page for each phase of this project

Phase 5 – Consequence of Inaction:  Please submit a 2 page paper addressing the impact on the law enforcement agency assuming the solution presented by the Group is not adopted. This opinion will be supported by 4 outside resources.

 

 

 

Formatting for Group Project papers

Individual papers will include a heading identifying the student, the number and title of the class and Project Phase the paper is addressing and the date of submission.

All papers will be double spaced, with 1 inch margins, and 12 point font type.

Resource page (not included in the page count) Resources other than course instructional material must be referenced using APA formatting.

GROUP PROJECT – The Virtual Criminal Justice Alliance ….Background

For the past 11 months, the Virtual Police Department has applied a variety of investigative resources and strategies and is prepared to bring a number of criminal charges against the members of the Very Bad Bike Club. These started out as investigations of individual calls-for-service, complaints and criminal investigations. They merged into a collective effort as the pattern of activities and participants began to form. Based on the investigations, the department believes it has probable cause to arrest and charge nearly every one of the 63 VBBC members for conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs, conspiracy to sell illegal drugs, and participation in a criminal enterprise. Additionally, numerous individual VBBC members can be charged with combinations of individual criminal violations, including possession of illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated assault, and attempted murder. Despite the confidence the Chief of the VPD has in these cases, no information has been conveyed to the Office of the District Attorney nor has there been any involvement with the Grand Jury. As far as the Chief of the Police is concerned, this is the chance to destroy the VBBC once and for all.

The VBBC has plagued Virtual for over a decade. Efforts to stop criminal activity by members of the VBBC have been made almost exclusively by the police department, with little or no support from the rest of the Virtual criminal justice system. In the past most criminal charges brought to the Virtual prosecutor’s office by police detectives have resulted in outright dismissal for lack of probable cause or plea bargained agreements that reduce potential felony charges to misdemeanors with payable fines. There have been however, two prior instances of massive arrests of VBBC members. Approximately 7 years ago raids resulted in the confiscation of drugs and weapons and the ultimate conviction of 12 VBBC members. Six of these members are on parole and still reside in Virtual; two others are currently in the county detention center awaiting trial for new criminal charges and four others are confined to the State prison near Virtual.A similar sweep three years ago produced nearly identical results. These sweeps appear to have been ineffective. In short, the VBBC has a network of members in jail, in prison, on parole in the community and free on the street. The current police investigation has affirmed that all of these VBBC members are in near constant communications with each other.

Robert “Buddy” Pole is the “president” of the VBBC. While currently on parole for manufacturing methamphetamine, Buddy Pole continues to orchestrate the criminal enterprise that is VBBC. Provisions of his parole agreement that prohibit association with known criminals have gone unenforced. Robert Pole, Jr, (a.k.a. “Little Buddy” or “Bud Lite”) is currently in the Virtual Detention Center awaiting trial for carrying a concealed weapon. He seems to be in no hurry to make the affordable bail. Jail officials believe he is trying to organize a drug network within the jail. Two Detention Center correctional officers were recently disciplined for attempting to smuggle cell phones into the lock-up. It is believed they were destined for Little Buddy’s use. The youngest member of the Pole family is Patricia (a.k.a. “Tripper”). A chronic truant and trouble maker in school, Tripper was suspected of providing marijuana to her junior high school classmates and has continued the practice in high school. At age 19 and legally an adult, she is just about to complete her senior year of high school. Tripper’s collections of miscreant friends, most of whom are VBBC members or “wannabes”, congregate regularly around the Virtual Mall and commercial centers. Her boyfriend, John Henry Maxwell applied for a job as a Dunbar Security Force officer but was rejected because of his record.

In order to rid the city of Virtual of this criminal gang, Virtual Police Department Chief Clayton Moore called upon his criminal justice partners:

  • The head of the Virtual Police Department VBBC task force, Captain Jay Silverheels
  • The chief criminal prosecutor from the Office of the District Attorney, Raymond Burr
  • The Security Chief of the state correctional facility, Major Allen Irongates
  • The District Supervisor for the state department of parole, Martha Street
  • The Operations Director of the Virtual Security Force, James Dunbar

The Virtual Security Force, a private security company hired by the Virtual Commercial Merchants Association to provide security personnel, equipment, etc. to supplement the resources of the Virtual Police Department in designated business and commercial areas of the city. VSF personnel hold special police commissions, have arrest authority on the property of their clients and may or may not be armed depending on their assignment and qualifications.

At their initial meeting Chief Moore made it clear to these partners that they had a single goal, to end the reign of terror emanating from the VBBC and victimizing Virtual’s citizens. Clearly if there was any hope of success, each criminal justice partner has to do their part for the collective good of all. The Chief’s remarks were met with wholesale agreement. It was decided the Virtual Criminal Justice Alliance would attack the VBBC on two levels (1) the pursuit of the current police investigations and prosecutions, and (2) a strategic plan to work collaboratively to reduce crime in Virtual. When the initial meeting adjourned Chief Moore had designated Captain Siverheels as his delegate. He was not sure, however, that every agency representative in the room felt his level of commitment or truly understood the consequences of failure. He was also curious as to what resources each “partner” was willing to bring to this operation and what would be held back.

Major Irongate has her own issues with VBBC. Their presence in the state prison has settled down what had previously been a powder keg of gang-related unrest. VBBC has become the dominate force in the prison. John “Jacky” Pole has been able to get the warring national/international gang members in the prison to suspend their violence and focus on drug-related profits.With tensions simmering just below the surface, Irongate knows the self-serving truce may be short lived. Major Irongate was also asked to represent the Virtual Detention Center. This facility holds arrestees awaiting a bail hearing, denied bail prior to trial or in transitional housing from the state prison to attend court. The jail also holds offenders serving short sentences for convictions on misdemeanor charges. Nearly all of the prison’s inmate population came through the Detention Center and may return there to be available for court appearances. Major Irongate is convinced that these “traveling” inmates are being used as “mules” for drugs and contraband cell phones.

Of the persons assembled by Chief Moore, only Dunbar represents a commercial, profit-driven agency. Simply put, these profits are the difference between the costs for the security provided and the fees Dunbar charges. Dunbar is eager to demonstrate a successful partnership with VPD and the Virtual Commercial Merchants’ Association as a stepping stone to contracts with larger jurisdictions. In any case, Dunbar’s primary motivation is to make money.

Raymond Burr would applaud Chief Moore’s plan if he could, but as a pragmatist he feels that this is a waste of time. He understands, if no one else at the table does, that plea bargaining is to only way the criminal justice system can do business. He has also warned the chief before that his detectives need additional training on establishing probable cause, proper interrogation procedures, appropriate charging, etc. If the VPD could get its act together he would love to prosecute a good solid case against the VBBC, but prosecuting a “looser” case will not solve the problem or help his own political ambitions.

NOTE: Each student will be assigned a role as one of the five members of the Chief’s team. The student should fully take on the persona of that member. Not all of the details can be provided. Students are encouraged to (reasonably) embellish on the character of the person they are assigned and play that role to the fullest.

Part III: Discussion: Conference- Week 1 Discussion 1: Criminal Justice Management (2 pages, 4 references including introduction and conclusion

While there are similarities, there are also significant differences between managing a for-profit and a not-for-profit entity.  In general, for-profit entities are worried about, well, profits. They have other performance measures, but at the end of the day, they worry about cash flow.  Within the criminal justice system, most entities are worried about performance measures other than cash flow.

For this discussion, please select an aspect of the criminal justice system that interests you.  Please create a separate cover and reference page for each phase of this project

  1. What are some performance measures that are relevant in that area?
  2. Please contrast outputs and outcomes.

Discussion: Conference- Week 1 Discussion 2: Supervision & Management (2 pages, 4 references including introduction and conclusion

Please create a separate cover and reference page for each phase of this project

Within every criminal justice organization there is a hierarchy.  In some it is well-defined and in others it is a bit nebulous.  Within law enforcement agencies, rank structure is generally well-defined.

For this discussion, please select a police agency of your choice.  Briefly discuss the rank structure and identify which ranks you believe are workers, which are supervisors, which are managers and which are senior executives.  How do you differentiate between a supervisor and a manager?

 

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