Behind the badge : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]
As a Criminal Justice major at Ball State University I was required to complete an internship within my field of study. I chose to fulfill this requirement at the Muncie Police Department. The following work was the result of my time with the various divisions within the department. Included are three activity reports containing my reflections throughout the duration of the internship, an overall analysis of the department itself, my final reflection of the internship experience as a whole, and a variety of materials/reports that were introduced to me during the internship.The purpose in reporting is to provide civilians with an overview of what the officers must face on a day to day basis. It is common to hear remarks made in passing that display how the public misunderstands the role of law enforcement in every day life. My course of study tries to provide the interior perspective, however, after being "behind the badge" for the duration of the Spring semester I have realized how little you can be taught out of a textbook. The actual experience of working with the officers cannot be duplicated with classroom lecture. There is no substitute for on scene observation and interaction with the officers of the Muncie Police Department. This thesis is my way of conveying my respect for the officers I worked with and an attempt to share my newfound knowledge with the public so that it may better understand the role of law enforcement within our community.