Assignment 8 Signature Assignment: Investigation of an Organized Criminal Group
You will be required to select a specific organized criminal group to complete this activity. Review and reflect on the major topics in this course that address the various aspects of organized criminal gangs. Then identify a criminal group with both domestic and international ties such as a Mexican drug cartel. You may choose one that has a presence in your local community or in the United States in general. Activity Resources
Main Task: Analyze an Organized Criminal Group to Improve Law Enforcement Efforts
- Abadinsky, H. (2013). Review assigned chapters
- Guerette, R. T., & Clarke, R. V. (2005).
- Soudijn, M., & Kleemans, E. (2009).
- Tapia, H., Kinnier, R., & MacKinnon, D. (2009).
- Review: van Duyne, P., & Vander Beken, T. (2009).
- Zhang, S., & Chin, K. (2008).
After you have chosen your criminal organization or gang, write a paper in which you include the following:
- A brief introduction to your group including when and where it originated. Who established this group and why?
- An analysis of the members and leaders of the group to include demographics and psychological features that provides an insight to the underlying purpose and values of the organization.
- The nature and extent of the group’s influence and market.
- An explanation of the structure of the group and how it maintains internal control and external enforcement.
- What illegal activities are undertaken by this group?
- Outline the extent of international connections of this group. Who are allies and who are the competition?
- Current domestic law enforcement efforts and an assessment of the effectiveness of these efforts and laws created to support such efforts.
- Your recommendations for reducing negative impacts of this group in the future within a law enforcement setting.
Support your paper with a minimum of seven (7) resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 12-15 pages not including title and reference pages
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