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1. The three historical periods of American policing were the Political Era: 1840- 1920, the Professional Model Era: 1920-1970, and the Community Policing Era: 1970- present. I will be taking a closer look at each era describing the style of policing was emphasized in each era beginning next with the Political Era. The political era of policing took place from 1840-1920 and got its names because of the close political ties between police and local political leaders. This era was ridden with corruption from ranks in the police force going to the highest bidder to payoffs made to get police to turn a blind eye in matters such as drinking, gambling, and prostitution. With the police being assigned to a specific area to patrol or a precinct a police style of service was emphasized. Services offered by the police included caring for derelicts, operating soup kitche4ns, regulating public health, and handling medical and social emergencies. In the 1920’s a new era of policing began which we will examine next. During the 1920’s until the 1970’s a professional model of policing became
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ADM J 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '06 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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