Assignment 1: Debating the Issue of Organized Crime and the Role of Terrorism
Organized crime has been problematic for law enforcement agencies for decades. The very structure and activities of organized crime makes eliminating the problem an ongoing challenge. The purpose of this assignment is to show just how difficult it is for law enforcement to stop organized crime. Strategies to eliminate organized crime have included increased surveillance and various policy changes, but they have failed.
You are running for mayor of Centervale. It is a tight contest, and you expect to have a rather heated debate at the town hall meeting coming up. Your campaign manager tells you that at the debate, your opponent intends to present a plan for eliminating all organized criminal enterprises from Centervale. However, from your knowledge of the history and theory of organized crime, you know that complete elimination of organized crime is impossible, although a reasonable plan for reducing criminal activity can be developed and implemented at the local, state, and federal levels.
By the due date assigned, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:
Use your knowledge of organized crime to create a counterargument against your opponent. Your counterargument should:
Focus on the future of organized crime and consider its impact on the threat to public safety.
Educate the public on why terrorism is a valid area of concern in the organized crime debate.
Provide a rationale for highlighting key areas that pose a specific threat to public safety.
Through the end of the module, read and respond to at least two of your classmate’s posts by commenting, with reasons, on the examples and explanations in their postings.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsQuality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions16Quality of responses to classmates12Frequency of responses to classmates4Reference to supporting readings and other materials4Language and grammar4Total:40
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