No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper.
Resources should be summarized or paraphrased with appropriate in-text and Resource page citations.
Case Study: Police Department Consent Decree/Agreement
You are assigned to the Research and Development Unit of the Virtual Police Department. The Unit Director
asked you to prepare a presentation for the Chief on U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) consent decrees and
agreements. It seems one of the Chief’s close professional colleagues is now subject to such an agreement. The
Chief wants to be sure he has done everything possible to avoid finding the Virtual Police Department in a
similar predicament. The format of the presentation is quite simple. Using a selected city that is currently under
(or recently been under) a DOJ consent decree/agreement as a reference, provide the Chief with direction on
how to avoid being subject to DOJ oversight.
Review the document, “Addressing Police Misconduct Laws Enforced by the Department of Justice
Link : /content/enforced/145914-001420-01-2165-OL1-6380/Police Misconduct Laws Enforced by DOJ.docx
or the same document using an alternate link
Select one of the following as your subject case study police department:
The Oakland (California) Police Department http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/OPD/DOWD004998 and
The Seattle (Washington) Police Department https://www.justice.gov/crt/investigation-documents
The Baltimore (Maryland) Police Department https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reachesResearch: Starting with the link provided, continue your research on the basis for and actions attentive to the
subject consent decree/agreement, Review all of the pertinent documents, articles, websites, etc. until you feel
you have a thorough understanding sufficient to respond to the Assignment questions.
Briefly describe the situation(s) and/or event(s) that led up to DOJ oversight in the form of a consent
decree/agreement (no more than 20% of the paper)
Briefly outline the provisions of the consent decree/agreement. What actions is the department required to take?
What changes in the department required to make? (no more than 20% of the paper)
Connect the provisions of the consent decree/agreement to the initiating causes.
Describe in detail what the Virtual Police Department needs to do in order to avoid following in the footsteps of
the subject police department or otherwise find itself subject to DOJ oversight in the form of a consent
decree/agreement (no less than 40% of the paper)
Formatting requirements: Your report should include:
an APA formatted cover page with your name, project title, course, and date submitted
an introductory section that explains the purpose of the paper
the body of the paper, which addresses four (4) elements outlined in Assignments
a minimum of seven (7) maximum of ten (10) FULL narrative pages, not including cover page and references
page, and submit to the assignments folder.
The composition may be a combination of outline and narrative with outline statements separated by no more
than double spacing, 12 pt. font, and 1-inch margins.
A minimum of three (3) outside sources not directly connected to the consent decree/agreement of the selected
subject police department
Resources, including course materials, must be cited both in the narrative and on a separate Resources page,
using APA citation rules.
Each item listed on the Resources page must also be cited at least once in the narrative to show where in the
narrative the item was applied.
At the instructor’s discretion, this project may be submitted to Turnitin or other services for verification of