Each student will submit an eight-to-ten page paper (excluding the title and
reference page) that is sufficiently supported by research, data, and
substantiated theory or application. In addition, and most importantly, the
student’s paper must incorporate five of the topics from the list below:
The relationship between a strategic plan and the
The impact of a recession on a law enforcement agency’s
ability to plan a budget.
Apply a specific budgeting process: line item or zero
Who is involved in the budgeting process?
Impact of budget decisions in maximizing operational
effectiveness and community trust.
Priorities in the budget cycle.
Types of alternative funding.
Significance of a cost benefit analysis in program
Using the topics above as a guide,
address the following within the Research Paper:
Examine current problems, issues, and factors that
influence present and future budgetary decisions.
Evaluate each selected topic with regard to law
enforcement administration, leadership, and management.
Apply budgetary theory to a realistic budgeting process
and describe the relationship between the two.
Analyze the budgeting process and reference research
and data as support.
Writing the Research Paper
The Research Paper:
Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length
(excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a
succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least five scholarly resources, including a
minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page, formatted
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be
used to evaluate your assignment.
Mikesell, J. (2011). Fiscal
administration, analysis and applications for the public sector (8th ed.).
Boston, MA: Wadsworth/Cengage.