The Origins of Policing – from the Middle Ages to the First World War (Episode #96)

Why do we have uniformed officers called “police” who do things (like patrolling streets and investigating missing persons) that we call “policing”? We trace the evolution of law enforcement over the past two hundred years in response to urban growth, immigration, and labor unrest, and the struggles over who controls the police and their activities. Further Reading: Roger Lane, “Urban Police and Crime in Nineteenth-Century America,” Crime and Justice, Vol. 2 (1980), pp. 1-43, http://www.jstor.org/stable/1147411?seq=1 Why do we have uniformed officers called “police” who do things (like patrolling streets and investigating missing persons) that we call “policing”? We trace the evolution of law enforcement over the past two hundred years in response to urban growth, immigration, and labor unrest, and the struggles over who controls the police and their activities.Further Reading: Roger Lane, “Urban Police and Crime in Nineteenth-Century America,” Crime and Justice, Vol. 2 (1980), pp. 1-43, http://www.jstor.org/stable/1147411?seq=1

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