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History of US Law Enforcement - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Over the course of United States history, law enforcement has seen dramatic transformations. These chapter lessons examine these changes in policing through the entire history of the United States, from the colonial period to the modern day. Watch the lessons and then challenge your knowledge with a multiple-choice quiz. Instructors are available to answer any questions that you may have. The lessons cover such topics as:
- Law enforcement in the Colonial America
- Policing in the 19th century
- Modern developments
- English influences
|English Influence on the Development of U.S. Law Enforcement||Discover how events in England influenced the development of US police departments.|
|Law Enforcement in Colonial America: Creation & Evolution||Learn how the first English colonists created law enforcement institutions.|
|The Establishment of Modern Police Forces in 19th Century U.S.||Examine how modern police forces were established.|
|American Policing 1800-1900: History & Politics||Take look at policing in the 1800s.|
|American Policing 1900-1960: History & Influences||Find out about law enforcement during the first half of the 20th century.|
|U.S. Policing After 1960: Influences & Developments||Learn about modern policing.|
1. English Influence on the Development of U.S. Law Enforcement
In this lesson, explore the history of American law enforcement and discover the influences that English ideas have had on American policing. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Law Enforcement in Colonial America: Creation & Evolution
While it may be a very American institution, the idea of police did not quite come over on the Mayflower. In this lesson, we look at how police developed from colonial forces into bodies that had real regional differences.
3. The Establishment of Modern Police Forces in 19th Century U.S.
While we may think of the police as a highly-professional force today, in the past, it was a different story. In this lesson, we look at the state of police in the 19th century and the ways in which groups evolved into professional forces.
4. American Policing 1800-1900: History & Politics
While we may think of police as having always been around, the truth is very different. As this lesson shows, our modern professional police forces often evolved out of groups that were anything but professional.
5. American Policing 1900-1960: History & Influences
American policing changed a great deal during the years 1900-1960. This lesson takes a look at these changes, specifically highlighting the Progressive Era and the move toward professionalism.
6. U.S. Policing After 1960: Influences & Developments
American police practices have changed a lot since the 1960s. Explore the reasons for some of the major changes, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 102: Introduction to Law Enforcement course
- Overview & History of Crime
- Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.
- Organization & Processes in Police Operations
- Roles in a Police Department
- Issues in Policing
- The Role of the Legal System in Law Enforcement
- The U.S. Court System
- Constitutional Law in the U.S.
- Criminal Law in the U.S.
- The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System
- The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice
- Corrections & Correctional Institutions