Five Eras of Law Enforcement (Early History)



There are 5 defined eras of law enforcement. This is the first of the five (5) eras. We will take a look back at the evolution of law enforcement and how our current day law enforcement has been influenced by hundreds of thousands of years of people trying to control crime, offenses and human behavior not acceptable in their communities. Early history set a template for how our modern day law enforcement functions. We use many of the terms, titles and ideas that were developed long before America was even a nation.

Lesson Time

1 class period
90 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Public Services Public Services
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The student will identify the relation of early history to modern day law enforcement and the influence the church has had on laws of the people as well as acceptable moral and ethical behavior.
  • The student will identify the similarities of the expected duties of individuals in relationship to following the law of the land of early history to current day.

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