Interview Analysis


Unit 6 Assignment 2 [CJ340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics]

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Interview Analysis

You will conduct two interviews with practicing professionals in the field of law enforcement. These individuals may occupy positions in federal, state, county, or municipal police agencies, probation, parole, or prosecutors'


It is preferable that you conduct the interviews in person, but telephone interviews will be acceptable if in- person interviews cannot be arranged.

Focus on the following questions in your interviews:

1. Why are ethics and character so important in the field of law enforcement?

2. Do the interviewees feel that police are more ethical today, or were they more ethical 10 years ago?

3. Why do police officers become involved in misconduct?

4. Do the interviewees feel that there is enough training offered in ethics at the police academy level? If not,

why is that? 5. Should ethics training be offered as an ongoing process for law enforcement officers?

6. Do the interviewees feel that education and/or training in ethics would reduce incidents of police corruption?

Report the results of these interviews in a paper that answers the proposed questions. Apply to your paper

information that has been read and discussed in class on various ethical issues to form a synthesis of practical law enforcement ideologies. Be sure to discuss with the interviewees at least four contemporary ethical issues

that they are dealing with as criminal justice practitioners. Finally, offer your own insights on the perspectives of the individuals you interviewed and materials covered in the text readings and Seminar discussions.

The paper will be a minimum of 6–8 double-spaced pages using a 12-point font. It must be in APA format.


In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the Assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:

• Include a cover page and references page in 10–12-point font (Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman are acceptable)

• Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained • Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar,

punctuation, etc.)

• Writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful • Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics • Appropriate citation style should be followed

You should also make sure to:

• Include a title page with full name, class name, section number, and date • Include an introductory and concluding paragraph and demonstrate college-level communication through

the composition of original materials in Standard American English • Use examples to support your discussion

Unit 6 Assignment 2 [CJ340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics]

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• Cite all sources on a separate reference page at the end of your paper and cited within the body of your paper using APA format

Submitting Your Assignment

Compose your paper in Word and save your document in the following format: Last name First name

Assignment. (Example: SmithJohn Unit 6 Assignment 2). Submit your Assignment by selecting the “Unit 6: Assignment 2”Dropbox by the end of Unit 6.

Unit 6 Assignment 2 [CJ340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics]

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Unit 6 Assignment 2 Checklist

Criteria: Ask yourself the following questions. Not Yet Yes

Purpose for Writing

Did you interview at least two practicing professionals in the field of law enforcement?

Did you analyze contemporary ethical issues faced by criminal justice practitioners and organizations?

Did your analysis cover the questions outlined in the assignment?


Is your research current?

Did you use at least two credible sources?

Did you answer all the questions in a substantive manner?


Is your content accurate?

Is your content comprehensive enough to address the topic?


Did you save your paper as a Word® Document?

Did you name your file Correctly?

Did you use APA format to cite your sources?

Did you check your document for spelling?

Did you check your paper for grammatical errors?

Is your paper the correct length?