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Before 1066

1060

Before 1066, there was no centralized law enforcement of court system. Citizens kept the peace among themselves

Norman Conquest

1066

Norman Conquest – Norman courts were established in England

England

1285

Watch and Ward police system in operation

England

1625 - 1649

Cruel punishment for crime imposed by King Charles I

America

1631

Unpaid watchmen and constables patrolled Boston at night

England

1653 - 1658

law enforcement was oppressive by military rule that took over.

America

1658

NYC established a paid watch at night

America

1682

Philadelphia appointed constables

America

1748

Henry Fielding was appointed Magistrate of Bow Street. He established the country’s first detectives – the “Thief Takers.”

America

1749

Philadelphia began a paid watch at night

America

1789

U.S. Marshals Office established in U.S.