Historical Dictionary Of Law Enforcement

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Viewing policing from an international perspective, this volume covers the history of law enforcement from early accounts of policing under Caesar Augustus to such present-day events as Rodney King and the LAPD. American policing dominates the book, but it also covers such items as the 1829 London Metropolitan police model and Continental innovations stemming from Napoleonic France. While including such well-known Americans as Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the book also covers important policewomen, forgotten but exceptional African American policemen, and Indian Police forces that ranged the Oklahoma Territory. The book will be a useful resource for all those interested in the history of law enforcement.

Unlike existing reference works that try to cover both lawmen and criminals, this book focuses on the police diaspora. In addition to traditional police officers, it also includes nontraditional examples of law enforcement, such as private detectives, vigilante groups, and organizations such as Wells Fargo and the Pinkertons. The book provides an instructive blend of history, criminology, and police science.

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Recognizing the conventional beginning of modern policing in London in 1829, Roth (history and criminal justice, Sam Houston State U.) also considers organized policing as far back as classical antiquity and innovations on the continent stemming from Napoleonic France. Many other references combine cops and robbers, but he focuses on the discipline of policing. The more than 900 entries include people involved in administration as well as field work and even the odd laboratory researcher; they also include nontraditional examples, such as little-known Western lawmen, detective organizations, and the Texas Rangers and their derivatives. Events and slang are also cited. Though he attempts an international perspective, most of the material is about the US, he says, largely because the decentralized law enforcement has created over 20,000 police forces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313305603
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

MITCHEL P. ROTH is Associate Professor of History and Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

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Table of Contents


The Dictionary


Selected Bibliography


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