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The Evolving Politics of Police Actions

Contributed Post Image source The first official American police force was established in 1751 in Philadelphia, although it was only a night watch. Prior to that it was pretty much a system based on old English laws and relied mainly on volunteers and people who were conscripted. In just a few years, Richmond in Virginia and Boston had followed suit but it was nearly 100 years before there was a police force established in New York. To start with, the police departments were controlled by the local politicians and split into the same municipal areas. The officers were usually recruited from within the area, which resulted in a police force that was not very diverse. It meant that ethnic groups such as the Irish or…
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