Confronting Conflict is the History of Policing

The history of policing in America has been one of conflict, confrontation and revolution in the way the institution carries out its social mandate. Today, policing is once again facing its share of conflict, which will in turn cause police agencies to undertake transformation.

Two historic vignettes will illustrate how change is central to policing and how there are moments of occupational instability that, when properly confronted, can be opportunities for advancing the profession.

  • the detachment of police forces from overt political influence
  • the community-policing revolution

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Dr. Victor Kappeler is dean and foundation professor of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. He also serves as coordinator of the EKU Online Police Studies program. This is a sample from his column in the Winter 2015 issue of Kentucky Law Enforcement Magazine.

Published on January 13, 2016