M2D2: American Policing Today: Career Choice?

M2D2: American Policing Today: Career Choice?

Module 2

Image of a counsellor displaying a writing pad American policing today may not be recognizable by law enforcement officers and agents of the past. The responsibilities, roles, and issues have changed. Future law enforcement must be more technologically savvy and prepared to confront modern-day issues. Choosing a career in law enforcement, therefore, will require a whole array of new skills, as well as skills of the past, such as good judgment.

Before answering the discussion questions, view the video below to learn more about various local, state, and federal law enforcement careers (available from the Excelsior College Virtual Library Films on Demand Collection)

Careers in Criminal Justice (Links to an external site.) [Video File][22 Min 34 Sec]
Image of policemen in a patrol boatAfter reading the assignments and lectures and viewing the PowerPoint presentations and video above, you have a better understanding of the various responsibilities of law enforcement agencies, at a local, state, and federal level. For this discussion, address the following question:

Which law enforcement career from the video interests you the most? Why? Describe its responsibilities.
After your initial post, read and reply to at least TWO other postings made by your classmates with substantial responses that further the discussions. Remember to read and reply to questions from your instructor.

Keep the following in mind when making your posts to the discussion area:

Did you complete all of the elements required in your initial discussion post?
Did you respond to the initial posts of at least two of your fellow students?
Did you acknowledge those who responded to you, including questions from your instructor?
Were all of your posts made on time? That is, was your initial post made before Midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, and were your follow- up posts made before Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday?
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. This is a post first discussion forum, which means you must submit your initial post before you can view other students posts. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click Post Reply.

To respond to a peer, click Reply beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the SPS Default Discussion Rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 20% of your final course grade.

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