Eras Of Policing

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After participating in the CJi interactive exercises I learned that the history of policing is much different from the policing in modern day today. There are different eras to describe American policing such as Political, Reform, and Community era, all of which had different characteristics, responsibilities, and ways to protect the community. Each era also gives details about the past proving how far policing has come and how much policing has evolved over the years. There are people such as Sir Robert Peel, August Vollmer, and others to credit for how we got where we are today in terms of policing. The US government also plays a role in the policing world which at times can cause chaos and make life a little smoother. The history of policing…show more content…
Some would call Sir Robert Peel “the father of modern policing.” He was a leader in England that believed crime should be prevented before it happened instead of waiting until after and responding (Walker & Katz, Chap 2). In 1829, he established a new way of policing that would help with issues, such as crime and confusion that was currently going on in London for many years. He created a modernized police organization that wore uniforms and had more structure behind their profession. Peel knew that this new system would not be an easy task and that the officers would need to start patrolling and interacting with the community to gain their trust. Also, Peel believed that having police officers around the community would deter crime because of their presence. The way policing styles are run and used today is a big credit to Peel for thinking up this new organized…show more content…
There are differences that exist between the government and the local authorities. Government officials at the federal level such as the FBI, DEA, and many others can look into crimes on anyone in the United States. Where a state trooper can only take care of their own state and a local authority can only deal with their own city. At the federal level, Congress decides on tax cuts and how things will operate throughout the United States. At times the government even sets laws that local and county officers must abide by and apply them equally to everyone even though they may not agree with them. I do believe that the government and law enforcement on all levels give a hand to one another. We could not have one without the other as each plays a role in our systems; there are things that the government could not be a part of and the world would run just a smoothly. I believe every system needs rules and boundaries so there is no overlapping going
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