“Call the COPS – But Not the Police:” Voluntaryism and Protective Agencies in Historical Perspective

By Carl Watner “[T]he question arose of how to handle aggressors within the community…. [W]hat about robbers, rapists, or murderers … ? … To deal with violent aggression within the city, associations sprang up in each place. Ours is named the Committee for Peace and Safety, but everyone calls it by its initials, COPS…. “COPS …

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