These should be typed, double spaced, approximately 4-5 pages, in (preferably) a Word Document. Please make sure your name is on the paper, as well as the Session numbers you are covering, and please insert page numbers.
The paper should open with a review of the two session’s materials – chapters and articles. You must summarize the material – do not cover each article in its own paragraph or even sentence, as it will exceed the page limit. You must synthesize and summarize the information and convey to me that you have an understanding about what you read. This review should not exceed two pages. That means you must be succinct.
The rest of the paper will then offer a reflection on the material. This can be presented in a number of different ways. Do the authors convey theories that you agree with or contest? Are they making assumptions about policing that raises questions about their assertions? As many of you are police officers, does something in the material stand out for you, either as entirely accurate and on the mark or something so far off base as to be ludicrous? When the authors convey research, do you agree with their findings or would you challenge them? How? Is there some other means of conducting their research? Is there something they missed? What type of connections did you find in the readings? What kind of contradictions? I will stop there. These are the type of “reflections on the material” the latter part (and more important part) of your paper should address.
This may prove difficult at first, but once you do it once or twice, you’ll understand what to look for when you read. Remember, though, you must cover all or nearly all of the readings by synthesizing what you read. Please do not exceed the 5 page limit. Anyone in policing knows brevity is golden.