Rise of the Police

JSTOR writes, “Over the course of the nineteenth century policing became increasingly professionalized. With this shift, the role of the police expanded from simply catching criminals to including social surveillance.” On the whole, I think the development of professional police agencies is a positive development. Ad hoc “justice” groups have committed horrible injustices. But police need to be tightly monitored and regulated by the public and by elected officials, or police easily become the perpetrators rather than the preventers of crime.

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