Serve & Protect? A History of the Police

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From BackStory With The American History Guys

What is the role of local police in their communities? In this public radio podcast (52:02), U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh look at the history of policing in America to see how our modern police departments began to take shape, and to examine the effects of technology on policing.

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A program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today.