Police Administration and Progressive Reform: Theodore Roosevelt as Police Commissioner of New York

Police Administration and Progressive Reform: Theodore Roosevelt as Police Commissioner of New York

Police Administration and Progressive Reform: Theodore Roosevelt as Police Commissioner of New York

Police Administration and Progressive Reform: Theodore Roosevelt as Police Commissioner of New York

Synopsis

"Jay Stuart Berman has written a clear, useful, and persuasive book. Regardless of Theodore Roosevelt's precise role in police reform, this study sheds considerable light on a crucial period in the development of American law enforcement, and Berman's analysis of the important relationship between a Progressive reform and the birth of the modern police makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the police in America." Criminal Justice Review

Excerpt

During the past decade, advanced research into the varied aspects of the field of criminal justice has developed an extensive body of knowledge worthy of a respected profession and academic discipline. In a field where advancements and transformations in theory, policy, practice, and technology have occurred so rapidly, research has been imperative. However, one critical aspect of the study of criminal justice in America has been sorely neglected. There has been a serious lack of historical inquiry into the processes and institutions of the criminal justice system and a resulting deficiency of historical perspective.

In order to fully understand and appreciate the sources and implications of current conditions and problems, a clear insight into the past is essential. Effective planning for future challenges requires a knowledge of historical antecedents. Of particular importance to the historical study of criminal justice in the United States is the development of American police departments. The history of the police in this country has been a pattern of reform movements, through which structure, function, personnel, and practice have been altered in efforts to improve society's response to crime.

This study involves an in-depth examination of one such reform effort and considers its social and political contexts, its approach and impact. Theodore Roosevelt served as police commissioner of New York during the period of May 1895 to . . .

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