Law enforcement has changed dramatically over the last three hundred years. What people don’t realize is that the type of law enforcement we have today is nothing like that of the 18th century and long before! It is scary because in a way, today’s way of enforcement is far better (even though it’s flawed) than that of earlier times. We are in a sense lucky to be around simply because if we stepped out of line in the 16th century, we wouldn’t last until the end of the day.
Early Military States
In early times, countries had pharos, kings and queens to govern them and they essentially had military states to govern their people. Those early law professionals were very brutal at the best of times because some who were accused of thievery lost a hand or arm to prevent them doing so again. That was very brutal compared to today’s standards and that’s why so many people still talk about early times such as Egyptian times—it was fascinating but extremely dangerous.
During roman times, punishments were really brutal as history says and it doesn’t matter what your crime was, the punishment was severe. There were many who were persecuted because of their religion and others who were made to do the most awful tasks to be pardoned. Millions suffered and even though roman times ended, the brutality didn’t really end there. Law enforcement during these times was considered to be amongst the most brutal.
Scottish Police Forces
In Glasgow, Scotland in 1800, they were the very first professional law enforcement service to be created. That was a major milestone in law enforcement history simply because the trend started to spread and it helped to change the way people were dealt with if they done something wrong. Over the course of the 1800s, police forces were set up across the UK with more and more forces receiving new recruits from all over the cities.
Today’s law enforcement is nothing to brag about in all honesty. There is still discrimination within the law whether it’s on the police side or the suspect side. People are not always being treated fairly and there are some cases that highlight just how wrong the justice system is at the worst of times. However, while there have been a lot of issues, there have been a lot of good to come from law enforcement. Some of the worst offenders have been captured and punished by going to jail and serving out sentences. The law is still very much flawed in many areas and around the world, it’s the same but it’s a lot more effective than what it was three or four hundred years ago.
History Is Full of Errors
The history of law enforcement is not pretty. Even today, there are things which should be stopped and changed but nothing is perfect. That is the terrible world we live in but that doesn’t mean to say history cannot get better. There are changes on the way and while they might only be small, they will make a difference and that will hopefully ensure law enforcement becomes fairer and just.