State Police in the United States: A Socio-Historical Analysis

State Police in the United States: A Socio-Historical Analysis

by H. Kenneth Bechtel

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Largely neglected by historians, political scientists, and criminal justice specialists, the available literature on the state police tends to be highly partisan and largely out of date. Based on legislative analysis and historical case study, this is an original contribution to our understanding of the development of the institution of the state police in the United States. Arguing that the creation of state police agencies was the result of a political process that reflected the interplay of a number of different forces, this is a rebuttal of rival interpretations of police development. The work should be of interest to criminal justice educators and political scientists on a college and university level, and to police historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313263804
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/22/1995
Series: Contributions in Criminology and Penology Series , #47
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)

About the Author

H. KENNETH BECHTEL is Associate Professsor in the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University. He is coeditor of a work on Blacks in American Science, and has contributed in many ways to the literature of sociology.

Table of Contents


What Do We Know About the State Police?

State Police Development, 1835-1941

State Police in Historical Context

State Police Development in Illinois

The State Police Reform Movement in Illinois

Creating the State Police in Colorado

Analysis of the State Police Reform Movement

State Police Research



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