In a 500-750 word paper, define and examine police subculture. Cite a recent example of a dangerous police subculture occurrence. How can police subculture conflict with the police officer’s own values and ethics? In your opinion, can this conflict be prevented?
The SAGE Dictionary has an eleven-page section devoted to police history, with entries on police history in the United Kingdom, United States, Africa, Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Latin America, and Russia, each supported by further reading suggestions.
Uchida provides the most succinct review of US police history starting with colonial police systems before the American Revolution and leading up to modern times. Uchida emphasizes the continuity of key issues from very early roots in premodern England and the recurring nature of problems such as corruption, riots, and reforms through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Uchida, C. 2011. The development of the American police: An historical overview. In Critical issues in policing: Contemporary readings. 6th ed. Edited by R. G. Dunham and G. P. Alpert, 14–30. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.