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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

6. The Police: The Good, the Bad and the Bread

06. The Police: The Good, the Bad and the Bread

Through her school's mentorship program, Shakira (Jasmine Richards) wins a chance to spend a day with a police officer. But she realizes that all she really knows about the profession is what she sees on television. According to Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh), the concept of policing dates back as far as ancient Babylon, but modern police came to be in just the past 200 years. In fact, it was British Bobbies who were the first police to be separate from the court. Theirs was no easy task: they walked the beat up to 17 hours a day, lit the city's gas lamps, and acted as town crier. And the only weapon they carried was a whistle - no help to Jen when it comes to chasing a bread thief like Sam through the streets of 1800s London. A "fugitive on the run," Sam smuggles his loaf of bread into western Canada where he's hotly pursued by Jen, crisply efficient in her Northwest Mounted Police uniform; then he hightails it into the American west, only to be dogged by Jen, the elected town sheriff. Romantic figures all, the Mounties and the sheriffs were not only responsible for keeping the peace, they also collected taxes, aided in customs inspection, chopped wood and even acted as a town's doctor and dentist. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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