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NCJ Number: 116023 Find in a Library
Title: Southern Slave Patrols as a Transitional Police Type
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(1988)  Pages:51-77
Author(s): P L Reichel
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 27
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The slave patrols that were used in the Southern slave States from 1704 through the period before the Civil War are an example of policing that went beyond informal policing but did not have the characteristics of modern policing and also represent a development not usually covered in histories that suggest that the evolution of policing was essentially Northern and urban in nature.
Abstract: The slave patrols consisted of citizens who regulated the activity of slaves as their civic obligation for pay, rewards, or exemption from other duties. Unlike the watches, constables, and sheriffs who had some nonpolicing duties, the slave patrols operated solely for the enforcement of colonial and State laws. The existence of these patrols shows that important events occurred in the rural South before and concurrently with events in the urban North that are more typically cited in examples of the evolution of policing in the United States. In addition, the patrols show that modern policing is not simply a formalization of previously informal activities. Instead, modern policing seems to have passed through developmental stages that can be explained by typologies such as that of Lundman, who described informal, transitional, and modern types of policing. 49 references.
Main Term(s): Southern States
Index Term(s): Slave patrols
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