Ch 2: History of U.S. Law Enforcement

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn all about the history of law enforcement in the United States. Take a short quiz at the end of each lesson to measure how well you understand the material.

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

Video Objective
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.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: History of U.S. Law Enforcement
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English Influence on the Development of U.S. Law Enforcement

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.

Law Enforcement in Colonial America: Creation & Evolution

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.

The Establishment of Modern Police Forces in 19th Century U.S.

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.

American Policing 1800-1900: History & Politics

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.

American Policing 1900-1960: History & Influences

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.

U.S. Policing After 1960: Influences & Developments

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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