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Other titles in the Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues series:
The Role of Police in American Society: A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues)by Bryan Vila
Synopses & Reviews
From the night watchmen of the 17th century to the highly publicized Rodney King hearings, the history and development of police policy and the role of police in American society are traced through this collection of 95 primary documents. Students, teachers, and interested readers can use this valuable resource to examine the development and role of the police in the United States through the words of the people who were involved in the struggle to enforce laws, uphold the Constitution, maintain safe and stable communities, and create efficient and effective police forces. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid the user in understanding the economic, political, social, and legislative forces that helped shape the role of the police in our society.
Riots, strikes, commission reports, innovations, groundbreaking studies, and major court cases from different time periods are presented in a balanced manner. This volume is divided into seven parts, each part representing a different time period in which the roles of the police were being redefined. Vila and Morris present the reader with theories from different professionals on what the role of the police should be and how to develop these roles, as well as presenting successful and unsuccessful models to help readers draw their own conclusions.
Book News Annotation:
Traces the history and development of police policy and the role of police in American society through 95 primary documents. Speeches, conference proceedings, news stories, commission reports, and major court cases from different time periods are presented in a balanced manner, in chronological order. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to help readers in understanding the economic, political, social, and legislative forces shaping each document. Includes a chronology, a glossary, an appendix of selected cases, and a list of groups, organizations, and Web sites.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A collection of 95 primary documents tracing the history and development of police policy and the role of police in American society.
About the Author
BRYAN VILA is Associate Professor of Political Science and Administration of Justice at the University of Wyoming.CYNTHIA MORRIS is a freelance researcher, writer and editor living in Laramie, WY.
Table of Contents
Night watchmen, constables, and sheriffs: 17th and 18th Century America — Rangers, marshals, and municipal police forces: 19th Century America — Police reform and social and technological advances in the early Twentieth Century — A growing emphasis on police training, professionalism, efficiency, and ethics, 1930-1959 — Social change and conflicting expectations of the police role, 1960-1978 — Reexaming and redefining the role of the police, 1979-1989 — The role of the police in the 1990s — Appendixes.
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