watchmen were paid a fee
Among the first public police forces established in colonial North America were the watchmen organized in Boston in 1631 and in New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1647.
socially constructive form of vigilantism
The first police department in the United States was established in New York City in 1844
hose early departments all used the London Metropolitan Police as a model.
organized in a quasi-military command structure
main task was the prevention of crime and disorder, and they provided a wide array of other public services. There were no detectives
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