Depending on the narrator of the story, police history varies from continent to continent. Or even from region to region. For example, the very first professionalized police were the Philadelphia PD. Their mandate was to control unbridled worker strikes. According to the text, the authorities (that ran the system back then) initially sent in the army to control the crowd. That often led to a bloodbath. Luckily for everyone, the government created the police as a less deadly option. So basically, when people resisted the law back then the authorities did not change the law or the system, they sent in the military to kill them.
The creation of the police force was a reform. Instead of a bloodbath, the criminals lived. However, in the south, slavery was the breadbasket. They authorized slave overseers to patrol the streets. The overseers kept the slaves confined to their master’s plantation. Those overseers collaborated with the Caucasian man in the area. Together, they were responsible to organize, manage, and punish not only slaves but other nonwhites. That protected the white community. Back then, white men belonged to fraternities. They worked with the slave overseers in the interest of the authorities. They became a professional force.
According to the text, the authorities (that ran the system back then) initially sent in the army to control the crowd, but that led to a bloodbath. Luckily for everyone, the police was created…
In short, from the beginning, the goal was to shut down protests, strikes, or demonstrations. They also captured fugitives and brought them to face sentencing by the law. Racism was also a key component of the mortar that held those bricks in place. The law itself supported it. The authorities established the organization within the consciousness of white supremacy. If you were white, the police were the good guys since they stopped crime, kept the nonwhites away, caught bad guys, and kept the peace. It is also accurate to add that bribery and corruption is also another ingredient that held the early police force together.
The greatest blessing they pose is that if they left, the authorities would deploy the army. The outcome would be far more tragic for the people. That means the system does us a favor when they send the police. Ironically, those calling for a weakening of the police force may not have looked at its origin. There must have been a reason why the kings and monarchs decided to establish a peacekeeping force. Did you know that the word police means city in Greek? Or that the first police force consisted of freed slaves? In some parts of ancient Europe, they sprang from fraternities, while others volunteered as guardians of the city.
They established the organization within the consciousness of white supremacy. If you were white or wealthy, the police were the good guys since they stopped crime, kept the nonwhites away…
When you look at the wellspring of the police, it appears that a 17th-century French military police force was the first establishment. The first United States Police Department happened in Boston, Massachusetts in 1854. By studying the general emergence of this force, we can get a clearer picture of the true nature and characteristics of this ancient organization. It’s core pillars are still the same today. Over the years, they have made a lot of reforms to how they interact with the public. However, from the data I’ve seen, the police literally have the authority to brutalize or kill anyone who does not comply with their commands.*