Policing Justice Series
Quiz 2 :
Policing in the American Context
The frankpledge system makes a small group of people mutually responsible for each other's behavior.This is more of a private system which is very different from the modern concept which is more of a public matter.In the frankpledge system each individual has responsibility limited to certain persons,while modern police must respond to any situation involving any individual that occurs during their time on duty.Women and children were not involved in the frankpledge system,where police are responsible for all members of society.Modern police are also required to assist in matters that have human origins like fires,while this was not a responsibility of the older system.
Students should explain the initial close connection between police and politicians,the separation that came about during the reform era,and the incorporation of international politics into the police mission since the terrorist attacks of September 11,2001.
The Texas Rangers started as private guns for hire,joined in the Texas revolution against Mexico,served as scouts for the U.S.Army in the Mexican-American War,and this grew into border patrol services and state police services.In the beginning,they took the law into their own hands and did not follow the guidelines for equal treatment and due process that police must.Today,they are part of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).They now primarily make criminal and special investigations,apprehend wanted felons,suppress major disturbances,protect life and property,and render assistance to local law enforcement.