You are the second in command at a city law enforcement agency. Your agency is currently in the promotion cycle with several candidates interested in a Lieutenant’s position that has become available

You are the second in command at a city law enforcement agency. Your agency is currently in the promotion cycle with several candidates interested in a Lieutenant’s position that has become available. The agency only has positions at this level come open about once every year. There are two candidates for the position that standout above the rest from the perspective of their service and performance records.

Both you and the head of the agency must approve all final promotion decisions. A couple of days before the final decision must be made regarding the promotion you receive a call from the Mayor’s assistance. The assistant tells you that the Mayor would consider it a huge favor if you selected a specific candidate for the Lieutenant’s position, however this individual is not one of the top two candidates being considered.

You know that the head of your agency hates to be involved in political matters and typically defers to you to take care of the matters when they arise. Also, the agency head is looking to you for a recommendation regarding which candidate should be promoted. Additionally, you know that the agency’s next annual budget is up for consideration very soon. Having the Mayor’s support would greatly increase the chances for some much needed budget increases. Without the Mayor’s support you fear that the agency’s budget may face some severe cutbacks.

In your initial response, begin by discussing the options available to you in this scenario. As part of your options discussion, highlight how they impact not only the position candidates, but also the agency as a whole. Conclude your initial response by identifying the option you would select and briefly explain why you selected that option.

In your response posts to classmates, evaluate whether or not the decision they made was ethical and how in your view it impacts both the candidates for the position, as well as the agency as a whole. If you disagree with the option selected by the classmate, respectfully point out your concerns with that choice and the alternative option you would have selected.


Your grade will be based on the following rubric:

 No WorkBeginningDevelopingAccomplishedExemplary
Substance (Possible 40 points)Zero points:  Student failed to respond to the essay question.25 points:  Presentation is unclear; a basic understanding of the topic and issues is not evident; explanation is lacking; segments of the required answer are lacking; sources and supporting facts are not utilized; length requirements may not have been met.30 points:  Student’s initial posting did not meet the length requirement; and/or presentation evidences some confusion concerning topics under discussion; analysis may be lacking and/or elements of the question are not answered; support and references may be lacking.35 points:  Student answered/addressed most aspects of the question/topic posed in the Forum; initial posting met length requirement;  a basic understanding of relevant concepts/theories is demonstrated; relevant sources were located;  minimal or no facts/examples were used in support of presentation.40 points:  Student answered/addressed all aspects of the topic/question posed in the Forum;  initial posting met length requirement;  analysis of concepts and theories clearly demonstrates superior knowledge and a clear understanding of the topic;  relevant and scholarly resources were located and used appropriately;  facts and examples are used in support of presentation.
Collaboration (Possible 30 points) Zero points:  Student filed none of the required replies.10 points:  Student filed only one of the required replies OR filed the required replies but failed to meet length requirements.20 points:  Student filed the minimum number of replies, meeting the length requirements and evidencing an understanding of the issues under discussion and the views of colleagues.   Student failed to respond to specific queries posed to him by colleagues or by the Instructor.  Student did not take initiative in advancing the discussion throughout the week.30 points:  Student filed all required replies and they met the length requirement;  all replies were  substantive, thoughtful responses and contributed to the discussion; student exceeded minimum requirements by answering all queries posed to him by other students or the Instructor; student was “present”  and participated throughout the entire week.
Timeliness (Possible 10 points) Zero points:  Student filed more than two required postings in an untimely manner.2 points:  Student filed two required postings in an untimely manner.7 points:  Student filed one required posting in an untimely manner.10 points:  Student filed all required postings in a timely manner.
Writing (Possible 10 points)Zero points:  Student failed to respond to the essay question.4 points:  Writing contains numerous grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.  Language uses jargon or conversational tone; meaning is difficult to discern; organization is lacking.6 points:  Writing contains several grammatical, punctuation, and/or spelling errors.  Language lacks clarity or includes some use of jargon and /or conversational tone; sentence structure is awkward.8 points:   Student demonstrates consistent and correct use of the rules of grammar usage, punctuation and spelling, with a few errors; there is room for improvement in writing style and organization.10 points:  Student demonstrates consistent and correct use of the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, and spelling.  Language is clear and precise throughout all submissions.  Sentences display consistently strong, varied structure and organization is excellent.


Citations (Possible 10 points; zero points if citations are missing)Zero points:  Student failed to respond to include citations and/or references4 points:  Citations of reference sources exist; citations apparently correspond to the correct source but do not enable the reader to locate the source.  APA 6th edition format not evident.6 points:  Attempts to cite reference sources are made, but the reader has difficulty finding the sources; attempts to use APA 6th edition format not evident.8 points:  Reference sources are cited as necessary, but some components of the citations are missing and/or APA 6th edition format is faulty in some respects.10 points:  Reference sources relied on by the student are cited appropriately and accurately.  No writing of others is left without quotation and/or attribution, as appropriate.  APA 6thedition format is used correctly and

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