125 words agre or disagree to each question.
Thesis Statement: While law enforcement deaths are an unfortunate part of the career path., law enforcement line of duty deaths are increasing across the United States. In the past few years the law enforcement community has not been given support by community leader leading to the rise of attacks on law enforcement. More officers are killed in the line of duty by guns and traffic related accidents than any other circumstances. Depression and suicide are the leading killer of officers in the law enforcement community.
I’m not going to lie by saying that I am excited by this assignment. I have never been a big fan of the APUS Library but I understand why it is important to utilize it for information for our work. Never the less I will be using it and any other resource I can get my hands on to complete this task. I will most definitely be using Google Chrome for some of my searches. I am also going to utilize some of the training material used to teach our mandatory in-service training. The information from these in-service trainings are also cited and my topic has been of great concern now for the past few years. I know I sound like a Negative Nancy and I am sorry I am just ready to be finished with school and ready to move forward.
Some of my helpful hints that will aid me in my search for information is first to use a broad search approach use the least amount of words in the search bar and then add more towards your topic as needed. Next, I like to set up a page on Microsoft Word and just save URL’s to sources you want or are interested in using. You can add a title of the sources if you need to be reminded like me.
Topic: Law Enforcement Deaths
A. Causes of Death
- Stress related to the occupation
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Use of force related incidents
- Other deaths (still working on this one)
B. Officers murdered on and off duty
- Effects on the community
- Relationship between community leaders and growing crime trends against law enforcement
C. Preventive measures for law enforcement deaths
- What can law enforcement do
- What can community leaders do
Some of the difficulties I have had using the APUS Library is that the sources I have tried to use were not available.
The enactment of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws is one of the worse policies in criminal justice and has increased the sale of firearms and homicides respectively.
I remember in my first class, COLL100 Foundations of Online Learning, it was all about researching. So, I am having to go back and remember how to find scholarly references when writing a paper. This can be done by solely using the AMU Library, which has a good deal of resources to reference. I always like to use updated references and I find that in good old Google. Which mainly gives me non-scholarly sources like newspaper or magazine articles. These are not always a best reference because the article is only trying to get you to see their point of view. I have used Google Scholar in the past but I can usually find the same resources in the online library. The main focus is to find reliable resources such as peer reviewed or academic journals that are less than 5 years old. These are best to used because of the credibility of the writer. Websites that can be considered a good reference have the following url: gov, co, com, org, edu, or ac. Websites that should never be referenced is Wikipedia, Facebook, Fox News…LOL, Instagram, or Twitter. Even though some may think it’s great; websites such as dictionary or encyclopedia are not considered a good reference because they are just summaries taken from other references. It might a be good place to start but should not be cited when doing a paper.
Ackermann, N., Goodman, M., Gilbert, K., Arroyo-Johnson, C., & Pagano, M. (2015). Race, law, and health: Examination of “Stand Your Ground” and defendant convictions in Florida. Social Science & Medicine, 142, 194–201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.012
Pennycook, G., Cannon, T., & Rand, D. (2018). Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(12), 1865–1880. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000465