The development of professional standards for American policing, as well as the advancement of the concept of policing as a profession, developed during the early decades of the 20th century in reaction to various problems and challenges encountered by early municipal-level police agencies during that time. Police professionalism remains an evolving, and to a certain extent subjective, concept.

Tenets of Police Professionalism

There is some debate as to whether policing constitutes a profession at all and instead might be more accurately deemed an occupation or job. Even within law enforcement, there ...

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