Law enforcement as America knows it today was derived from England’s history
in the late 800s, when Alfred the Great was King. He formed groups identified as the shire. Each
shire had a leader known as a reeve. The shire reeve was in charge of upholding law and order in
their shire. The shire reeve had the authority to do everything. For example he could be in charge
of the courts, collect taxes, arrest offenders, improve armies, and anything else the king saw fit.
In 1285 the Statute of Winchester was written. This started the watch and . . .
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