History of American Policing

History of American Policing

Professor Anna Lvovsky
Fall 2017 seminar
Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Hauser Hall Room 105
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This seminar will examine the history of policing in the United States. Topics will include the emergence of a uniformed police force in the nineteenth century, the police professionalization movements of the Progressive Era and twentieth century, law enforcement during Prohibition, public challenges to the police in the Cold War, and the rise of community policing in the 1980s. We will consider the extent to which trends in American policing have been unique or reflected broader global shifts in law enforcement; the dynamic relationship between police practices and judicial rules governing state power; the role of unions; the relationship between municipal police forces and more specialized federal or undercover officers; and the evolving role of race and gender in American police departments. For their final papers, students may either examine a historical chapter in American policing or draw on our historical discussions to address contemporary issues in law enforcement.

Subject Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure, Legal History