SOC/CRM 3770

No Place on the Corner Critical Essay

Due: 2/24 at 4:30 p.m.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-oriented Policing Services (2014),

“This more intensive use of stop and frisk has prompted questions and extensive debate about its

legality and its effects on individuals and minority communities. The limited research conducted thus far

indicates that while these more concentrated stop and frisk interventions have the potential to reduce

crime, they may also negatively impact police-community relations and harm the legitimacy and efficacy

of policing efforts. Given these findings and the heated public debate surrounding stop and frisk, today’s

police executives must think critically about how the acts of stopping, questioning, frisking, and

searching can best be used to achieve crime-control goals in a manner that minimizes their negative

effects” (p. 2).

For this assignment, you will write a 750-1000 word paper critically analyzing the use of stop and frisk as

a policing tactic.

For the paper, you should make a persuasive argument about whether or not stop and frisk should

continue as a policing tactic. Keep in mind that persuasive argument means an argument well-

supported with data and research (not just a personal opinion). The essay should address the

following points:

• How to balance crime prevention and community relations

• Police use of discretion

• Crime control v. Due process

• Racial disparities in policing

• The standard of reasonable suspicion

• If you support stop and frisk, what guidelines can be used to improve its use?

• If you do not support it, what alternatives are available to substitute and why are they


All papers must:

• Clearly discuss and incorporate information from No Place on the Corner and the class textbook.

• Be original. Do not simply summarize the issues we’ve discussed in class. Provide your own analysis

with unique ideas/information.

• Incorporate at least two peer-reviewed sources. (The books from class do not count toward these

two references.)

• Be well-supported with credible research and not simply based on opinion.

• Be written using APA or ASA style with appropriate references.

• Be double-spaced with Times New Roman 12 point font.

• Focus on aggressive policing in the United States.

• Be clear, concise, and well written.

• Have a clear argument/thesis statement.

• Be 750-1,000 words long.

• Be original arguments and contain no evidence of plagiarism or lack of citation.

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