Policing In The 1800's

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Policing in the 1800’s was mostly privately owned but the people wanted a nationalized police force so there could be a standard, also the population was growing so rapidly that there were no where near enough police to control the criminals. American cities and towns encountered serious problems—urban areas grew at phenomenal rates, civil disorders swept the nation, and crime was perceived to be increasing. New York, for example, sprouted from a population of 33,000 in 1790 to 150,000 in 1830. Between the 1830s and 1860s, numerous conflicts and riots occurred because of ethnic and racial differences, economic failures, and moral questions and during elections of public officials. At the same time, citizens perceived that crime was increasing.

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