CTE Task: Public Trust Today

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COURSE:

Criminal Justice 1

CLASS PERIOD LENTH:

1-2 hours

 

Public Trust Today

Task Description

Standards

The students will:

  1. select an event that occurred in the last year where a law enforcement officer made an unethical choice,
  2. find at least six articles, videos, podcasts, or blog posts about the incident to be used as sources and create a works cited/bibliography page,
  3. write a five-paragraph essay that summarizes the event, the different points of view reflected in the sources, and explains the incident’s effects on public trust, then
  4. participate in a Chain Debate (see directions below).

 4) Evaluate the impact of ethics, confidentiality, character and credibility on law enforcement careers. Justify the importance of personal traits such as integrity, respect, responsibility, confidentiality, and ethical behavior in the workplace and the impact they can have on career success.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • explain the terms ethical and unethical, and
  • describe the impact of unethical choices on the public and the officer.

 

 

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  1. Evaluate recent court cases against law enforcement officers who made unethical choices and relate the courts’ decisions to the severity of the ethical breach.
  2. Create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting unethical behavior in law enforcement in Tennessee vs the United States.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

 Scaffolded Questions

Ethical

Unethical

  1. If an officer accepts money from a citizen, this behavior is considered ____________ and may result in an official reprimand.
  2. ________ behavior by an officer is a way to repair his/her relationships with the public by demonstrating decisions will be made in the best interest of the public. 
  1. What can the law enforcement officer do to promote a positive relationship with the public?
  2. How does a law enforcement officer’s relationship with the public affect job success?
  3. What does ethical behavior have to do with law enforcement?

 

 

Directions for Chain Debate:

Set a time for the students to participate in a Chain Debate using the chat feature on the online platform your school is using.  Assign each student a number to designate when it is their turn to speak in the chat.

Here’s how the debate works:

The teacher will introduce the topic. The student with #1 will respond by either adding “and” followed by a statement that agrees with the topic statement or “but” followed by a statement that disagrees with the topic statement. You will move through the numbers with each student adding a statement that is original, responds to the previous statement and/or the main topic, and does not repeat something that has already been shared.

Here is an example:

Teacher: the food in the cafeteria is very healthy and meets the needs of all the students at our school

Student #1: and there are lots of choices that appeal to varying tastes, so every student should be able to order something that they enjoy

Student #2: but there are not many choices for vegans and vegetarians, so those students end up eating salad every day which gets boring

Student #3: but those students can bring their lunch and to make sure they have what they want.....

Continue through the student numbers until everyone has had a turn to comment. You can introduce as many topics as you would like.

 

Your debate topic should be centered around law enforcement and public trust. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The lack of public trust of law enforcement is the fault of the police and their actions against innocent victims.
  • Public trust regarding law enforcement is up to the citizens; either they trust the police, or they don’t.

 

Student Resources

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Public Trust Today

Your assignment for today is to research and write about ethical law enforcement officer behavior and public trust. The directions are as follows:

  1. Select an event that occurred in the last year where a law enforcement officer made an unethical choice.

 

  1. Find at least six articles, videos, podcasts, or blog posts about the incident to be used as sources and create a works cited/bibliography page.

 

  1. Write a five-paragraph essay that summarizes the event, the different points of view reflected in the sources, and explains the incident’s effects on public trust.

 

Note: you may have more than three but not more than five body paragraphs. You must include an opening and a closing paragraph regardless of the number of body paragraphs you write.

  1. At the appointed time, you will participate in a Chain Debate using the chat feature of your online platform. You will be assigned a number to designate your turn to speak in the chat. The debate topic will be identified by your teacher.

Here’s how the debate works:

The teacher will introduce the topic. The student with #1 will respond by either adding “and” followed by a statement that agrees with the topic statement or “but” followed by a statement that disagrees with the topic statement. You will move through the numbers with each student adding a statement that is original and does not repeat something that has already been shared.

Here is an example:

 

Teacher: the food in the cafeteria is very healthy and meets the needs of all the students at our school

Student #1: and there are lots of choices that appeal to varying tastes, so every student should be able to order something that they enjoy

Student #2: but there are not many choices for vegans and vegetarians, so those students end up eating salad every day which gets boring

Student #3: but those students can bring their lunch and to make sure they have what they want.....

 

You get the idea, right? If not, your teacher will answer questions before the start of the debate.