Policing in a Free Society


Public policing, as it has evolved since the nineteenth century in the United States and Europe, has become a complex and highly controversial part of modern government. This colloquium will focus on the development and growth of public policing in the United States and will examine the questions and problems a public police force poses to security and liberty.


Conference Readings

Balko, Radley. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. New York: PublicAffairs, 2013.

Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England, Volume II. Edited by George Sharswood. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co, 1893.

Davies, Stephen, “The Private Provision of Police During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” In The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, edited by David Beito, Peter Gordon, and Alexander Tabarrok, 151-174. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Dubber, Markus Dirk. The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Fangman, Jessica L. “Stop the ’Stop and Frisk?’ How Floyd v. City of New York will Limit the Power of Law Enforcement Across the Nation.” Public Interest Law Reporter 19, no. 1 (Fall 2019): 50-54.

Fogelson, Robert M. Big City Police. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1977.

Goldstein, Joseph and J. David Goodman. “A London Guide for 1 Police Plaza.” The New York Times (April 2014): A20. (accessed ).

Kelling, George L. and James Q. Wilson. “Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety.” Atlantic Monthly (March 1982): 1-15.

Kennedy, David. Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-­City America. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2012.

Lane, Roger. Policing the City: Boston 1822-1885. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Nagle, Michael. “Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing.” The New York Times (April 2014): 1-2.

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2015.

Rizer, Arthur and Joseph Hartman. “How the War on Terror has Militarized the Police.” Atlantic Monthly (November 2011): 1-2.

Smith, Adam. Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue and Arms: Delivered in the University of Glasgow. Edited by Edwin Cannan. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1869. (accessed ).

Wilson, James Q. Varieties of Police Behavior. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978.