Project #65055 - Technology in Policing

Research Paper – First Draft Instructions

Provide a detailed draft of the Research Paper – Final. Include the paper’s introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion. The first draft must also include citations as well as a reference page with at least 5 scholarly sources. Each facet of the thesis statement must be addressed in the first draft. The body must be at least 2 pages. The first draft does not need to be complete; however, it must contain all the elements noted in the grading rubric.



Notes from my Instructor below:


You do not have a clearly defined thesis statement yet. It looks like you plan to write about technology in policing. Tie it to a particular predicted outcome to form a thesis statement. For example, "Technological advances in law enforcement will result in a decreased crime rate."

The resource material that you have collected looks good. You need to arrange it in a more logical progression though. Additionally, it needs to support your position. Do not submit a paper that is derived entirely from resource material. Present an argument and support it with the research.

Outline below that should be follwed form rough draft.

Use same sourses and follow same outline format.

Need stronger thesis and use biblical refereances.



The technological revolution conceived from the recent past has set the ground for the design of criminal detective gadgets for use by the police in tracking and detecting criminals. The Automatic license plate Recognition (ALPR) is one of the many technological tools used by the police to determine a stolen car as well as whether the driver has warrants for arrest (Moriarty, 2005).

Background of the Study

Criminology has taken a new stand where technology is being used by criminals who commit crimes to ensure they escape justice. The police and other criminal detective departments have to implement and make use of the technology to reduce criminology activities.

Theoretical Foundations and Review of the Literature

According to Ridley (2008), literature review entails reviewing other works done by scholars on the problem being investigated. Plainly, the innovative revolution that is clearing the country and the world has not saved the criminal justice system from its wide range. Like different areas of public and private try, the work of police offices, court frameworks, restorative establishments, group bunches and alternate organizations that altogether constitute our reaction to the twin difficulties of wrongdoing and justice are made up for lost time in the storm of mechanical change. The revolution is moving at such a fast pace, to the point that leap forward advancements of yesterday appear to be typical today. Cops now routinely wear vests that can stop shots. Judge routinely arrange electronic checking as a state of probation. Penitentiaries control human services without moving detainees through the wonder of telemedicine. Group gatherings can evaluate the frequency of wrongdoing in their neighborhoods with complex mechanized wrongdoing maps (Travis, 2007).

Problem Statement

It is not clearly understood whether the police are making proper use of technology in criminal investigations. Other scholarly works have suggested that the criminal justice system need to implement technology use in criminal investigations.

Research Questions and Phenomenon

The study will seek to answer whether the police and criminal justice system are making proper use of Automatic license Plate Recognition (ALPR) in detecting stolen and cars used to commit crimes. The following are the research questions:

R1: How has the use of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) helped the system?

R2: To what extent has the implementation of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) influenced the criminal justice system?

Significance of the Study

This study seeks to explore how Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) has influence the criminal justice system in the United States. This will be of great importance to the public as well as the justice system.

Rationale for Methodology

Qualitative research technique is the most appropriate methodology for this study since it aims to create deep understanding of the problem. It does allow the researcher clearly understand the problem through information collected from the respondents and not manipulation of the variables (Merriam, 2009). Qualitative research will best fit the study of the implementation of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR0 in the criminal justice system.

Nature of the Research Design for the Study

The research will apply descriptive design in determining the use of Automatic License Plate Recognition in the criminal justice system. Descriptive design entails studying the collected information at the original environment and also incorporates use of interviews, surveys and interacting with respondents (Lapan, 2011).

Sources of Data

Instruments for data collection in descriptive design include interviews, surveys, questionnaires and observations (Merriam, 2009). Questionnaires will be used in collection of data from the respondents. The researcher will prepare questioners which will be disbursed among the cops and other members of staff in the criminal justice system. However, the researcher will test the reliability of the questionnaire by carrying out a pre-test to ensure that it is understandable, free from errors and has no misleading information.

Data Analysis Procedures

The process of illustrating and interpreting collected data systematically through the use of logical techniques is referred to as data analysis (Lapan, 2011). Normally, the technique of data analysis derives from the design used in the research. In determining the implementation and use of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) the collected data will be analyzed through table and descriptive summary. After summarizing the collected data, presentations will be done through graphs such bar graphs, histograms, and pie charts.

Ethical Considerations

Confidentiality of data from the respondents will be highly observed and information collected treated for study purposes only. Disclosing information to irrelevant people is unethical and will not be entertained in the research.


Lapan, S. D., Quartaroli, M. L. T., & Riemer, F. J. (2011). Qualitative Research: An Introduction to Methods and Designs. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Merriam, S. B., & Merriam, S. B. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Moriarty, Laura J. 2005. Criminal justice technology in the 21st century. Springfield, Ill: Charles C. Thomas.

Ridley, D. (2008). The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students. London: SAGE.

Travis, J. (2007). Technology in Criminal Justice: Creating the tools for transformation | National Institute of Justice. National Institute of Justice. Retrieved 28 March 2015, from <>

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