Evolution of Law Enforcement: Law enforcement has evolved significantly since its inception in 1829. Practices such as searching homes without a warrant or questioning suspects without informing them of their rights are no longer acceptable. These and other law enforcement practices have changed because of significant historical events in the U.S. For example, during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, the use of power by the police changed dramatically as the result of several Supreme Court rulings on civil liberties cases.

While some law enforcement practices have changed, some of the ideals on which law enforcement was founded still remain. There is still an emphasis on professionalism among police officers which has helped establish the legitimacy of the police in communities and with the public in general.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Chapter 1 of your course text, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Think about the history of policing or law enforcement. Also, consider events that lead to changes in law enforcement. 
  • Review the article, “Historical Development.” Consider how the Texas Rangers, a state policy agency, has evolved as the result of historical events. 
  • Review the articles “History of the FBI” and “Secret Service History.” Pay attention to critical events throughout U.S. history that led to a change in federal policing. 
  • Select two events in U.S. history that you believe to be the most influential in the evolution of law enforcement.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day Wednesday August 31, 2106
 a 350 word description of the historical events you selected. Then explain the impact of each event on the evolution of law enforcement. Be specific and provide examples to illustrate your explanation.

Support your work with proper APA citations from the Learning Resources and any other sources.


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