Ask any child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and you might receive this classic answer: "a police officer." Colloquially referred to as the fuzz, cops, or boys in blue, police officers ensure safety and protection for citizens on a local level.
These fascinating historical photos offer a rare glimpse at police through the decades, from the segregated, male-only forces of the early 20th century, to 21st-century first responders sent to quell politically charged unrest. These photos brilliantly capture the storied past of some of our most recognizable civil servants.