You have been hired as a consultant by the local police commissioner to lend your expertise on criminal justice research for the education of the police captains, who will be developing a new citywide crime prevention strategy. As an introductory task in this position, you are to write a letter to the local police captains explaining the theories used to approach your research.
Prepare a 5–7 page letter to the captains of the police precincts that address the following questions:
- What are the key differences between the 4 identified types of research theories above?
- Is any one type of theory more valid than the others? Why or why not?
- What are the differences and similarities (if any) between theory and hypothesis?
- What are variables, and why are they important components of theoretical schemes?