Policing in America: Assessment and Prospects

Publication Date

February 1998


David H. Bayley


In this short essay, I intend to assess what the police institution in the United States has become and where it might be going. I will do so by answering three questions: 1) What is distinctive about American policing? 2) What are the major changes that have occurred in American policing over the last 30 years? 3) What are the factors currently shaping American policing?

Recommended Citation

Bayley, D. H. (1998). Policing in America: Assessment and prospects. National Policing Institute.