Learning Objectives

  1. Explain why an understanding of police history is important
  2. Identify and discuss the four eras of policing and the reasons why each era began and dissolved
  3. Discuss the role of constables, watches, slave patrols, and sheriffs during the pre-police era
  4. Describe how the first police departments in the country operated
  5. Compare how the reform era of policing differed from the political era
  6. Discuss why the 1960s were so significant for the police
  7. Evaluate the critical concepts associated with the community problem-solving era