History of Policing

History of Policing

Professor Anna Lvovsky
Spring 2019 seminar
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Lewis Room 202
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This seminar will examine the history of policing in the United States. Topics 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, militarization, 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 agencies; and the roles of race, class, and gender in law enforcement. Students may choose to submit either one longer seminar paper or two shorter papers over the course of the semester.

Subject Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure, Legal History