4: Policing

Learning Objectives

In this section, you will be introduced to the history of policing in the United States. Today, policing is under the microscope to ensure past mistakes are not repeated and forward momentum is reached. It is for this reason this section will explore the history, as well as the foundations, that the American policing system was built upon. At the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • Discuss how the history of policing relates to current policing
  • List the different parts of the history of policing
  • Recognize the different eras of policing and identify the important parts of each era
  • Define and understand patterns of police corruption
  • Critically assess law enforcement recruitment strategies and training requirements
  • Identify the laws and court rulings surrounding police use of violence


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Introduction to the U.S. Criminal Justice System Copyright © 2019 by Alison S. Burke, David Carter, Brian Fedorek, Tiffany Morey, Lore Rutz-Burri, and Shanell Sanchez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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