The History & Impact of Policing in America


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A police force keeps order through _____.

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1. How did the nature of policing in Northern colonies change in response to the population boom of the 1700s?

2. What was a significant difference between the American South and North that impacted the nature of policing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The police have had a major impact on American society. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the history of the police force in this country. You will learn about the origins of modern policing and significant events that affected law enforcement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessment questions you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The purpose of a police force
  • The origins of modern policing
  • The historical impact of Prohibition on the legal system

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related police history lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Prohibition and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the origins of formal police forces in America
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reasons for having a police force

Additional Learning

To learn more about police history, review the accompanying lesson called History & Impact of Policing in America. This lesson is geared towards helping you:

  • Understand the core concepts behind a police force
  • Know the history of organized police in America
  • Understand the cultural impact of police during Prohibition