Development of Modern Police History in the United Kingdom and the United States

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This work covers the development of modern police and their history in the United Kingdom and the United States; the nationalization or centralization of the police function in the UK, the localization of police in the US and the police strikes in both countries in 1918-19 and their effects on the developing institutions. This work examines and explains the effects of the police strikes of 1918-1919 on the development and emergence of policing in both of these countries.


“[This] is a well-documented and probing analysis of modern policing in these two countries. He presents us with an excellent historical comparison of the present policing in both nations. His scholarly research, including interviews with police officers of the period who were involved in the strikes, is insightful and brings the period to life. Dr. King has given us an analysis of not only policing but also the development of unionization of these services and their growth into a centralized Police Service in the United Kingdom and the “Balkanization” of forces into the United States. This work is a “must read” for any serious student of policing or police history.” – Gerald Lynch, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“[This] is an insightful, well-researched inquiry into the parallel creation of modern policing in America and England. Dr. King’s skillful analysis of the Boston and London police strikes of 1919 definitively explains the historical development of a strong centralized police federation with national standards of law enforcement in the United Kingdom and the decentralized, local, crazy-quilt pattern of policing in the United States. He tells a story of rioting, violence and the rise to the presidency of Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge after his strike-breaking role in Boston police disturbances. Dr. King judiciously uses a comprehensive array of primary and secondary sources to bring a fascinating period in history to life. The book is an important contribution to the comparative history of labor and policing.” –Larry E. Sullivan, Professor of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Part I – The United Kingdom
1. The Foundation
2. Colquhoun
3. Peel and the New Police
4. The New Police Expand
5. Labor Relations and Other Issues
6. The Strikes
7. The Desborough Report and After
Part II - Boston
8. The Foundation
9. The Preventive Police
10. The Boston Police Department
11. State Board of Commissioners
12. Labor and Other Issues
13. The Strike
14. The Aftermath
Part III - Conclusion
15. Comparing the Strikes

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