In the mid 1800’s several large cities transitioned their law enforcement personnel into organized police forces, mimicking the London Metropolitan Police. During this time frame, America was plagued by militant labor unions and required the police forces to receive both additional personnel, and resources. While attempting to build these police forces, many of the police forces were originally formed as strikebreakers. At the same time, federal law enforcement grew through the establishment of an investigative unit for the U. S. Treasury department. During this period it wasn’t only federal and local law enforcement agencies which found new and remarkable growth. The private security industry flouished with activity, which later brought forth further new challenges. This will be continued next week in our Crime Fighting Blog.