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Principles of Policing

Sir Robert Peel wrote these – many years ago. I think they still apply, but they are no longer endorsed or enforced.

The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.

Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.

Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.

Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.

The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Menno Zacharias permalink
    November 29, 2009 01:20

    I’ve recently written on this topic and am in full agreement. The principles are as pertinent now as they were in the 1800’s.

  2. Jak permalink
    September 15, 2010 10:01

    Yep..when i look at the arguements for the rule of law and anarchy…got to say although the Police have some bad eggs in their ranks and made worse by the insane management from the top,seems to be made worse when they ‘relaxed’ entry requirements and turned policemen/women into ‘officers'(clerical staff)…i just find the criminal class to be the biggest hypocrites :s they strut around saying ‘f*** the police’ then they are the first ones ringing 999 when they get slighted!Least the police have the guts to put on the uniform and basically ‘become a target’,the UK police even more so,in the rest of the world the IPCC report would be a formality if the complainant had a big bullet sized hole in their cranium :s
    Again though,law policy needs to be formed for the good of society,theres too many ‘self interest pressure groups’ getting there way and formulating policy for their selfish advancement, how you would stop this happening,well it takes everyone to feel the confidence to know themselves and to stand up for what they espouse to believe in,and thats something we all try to live up to,fingers crossed :s
    Anyway,glad to find you again Stan Still,lost touch due to life and stuff,but youre still in my MSN,hope things are going well for you?

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