State Police in the United States: A Socio-Historical Analysis

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Chapter 6
The State Police Movement in Illinois

The previous chapter set forth the facts and events concerning the process of creating state-controlled law enforcement agencies in Illinois. This chapter presents an analysis and interpretation of that process by going behind the events to examine the interaction patterns of those groups and individuals involved in the state police issue. Specifically, an explanation will be offered for why proponents of a military-like state police failed in their attempts to create such an organization.


PROPONENTS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE STATE POLICE

Over eighty groups and organizations went on record in support of the Dunlap state police bills. Obviously, many more organizations could be included if local branches of such umbrella groups as the Illinois Bankers' Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce were counted. On the surface, it appeared that there was widespread and diverse support for the state police among the various civic, commercial, and manufacturing organizations of the state. However, this broad- based support was more apparent than real. Support for the state police was the product of a well-organized campaign of public relations, subtle coercion and propaganda carried out by a small cooperative group of individuals. These people formed the nucleus of the "state police movement" in Illinois.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Notes 9
  • Chapter 2 What Do We Know About the State Police? 13
  • Notes 22
  • Chapter 3 State Police Development, 1835-1941 25
  • Notes 44
  • Chapter 4 - The State Police in Historical Context 49
  • Notes 62
  • Chapter 5 State Police Development in Illinois, 1917-1929 65
  • Notes 85
  • Chapter 6 the State Police Movement in Illinois 89
  • Notes 110
  • Chapter 7 Creating the State Police in Colorado 113
  • Notes 130
  • Chapter 8 Analysis of the State Police Movement 133
  • Notes 145
  • Appendix - Suggestions for Further Research on the State Police 147
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND DIGESTS 148
  • GENERAL WORKS--BOOKS 149
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 149
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 151
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 152
  • Bibliography 161
  • Index 173
  • About the Author 180
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