The First System Of Law Enforcement

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When the first settlers came over from England, they didn’t have a clue on how to survive or make their way in a new environment. To ensure their survival, they tried to use the information that they had learned in England to help them start their way, such as scavenging for food, collecting wood to build a shelter, and finding places to get fresh water. Over the decades, Americans and early settlers have copied English ways of living before changing them to fit their needs today, such as, spelling by removing the “u” from words like color, driving on the other side of the road and finding our own food style that doesn’t consist of tea and scones.
When the early, New England settlers came to America, they tried to set up their own ways of life that differed from the mother country of England. For example, “in 1631, the first system of law enforcement was established. It was modeled after the British police structure, which incorporated the watch, constables, and sheriffs in a community-based police organization. While colonists started settling into the New World, local ordinances had allowed for constables to be appointed. The townspeople of each town created an unpaid watch made up of six watchmen, one constable, and several volunteers who patrolled at night.” This is what is written down in the National Law Enforcement Museum for the origin of the police, but in actuality, the police system was shaped and originated by slave patrols and night watches.
Slave patrols…
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