Lee P. Brown Quotes (Author of Policing in the 21st Century)
6.2. Sir Robert Peel
At various times throughout recent history, the public and police forces around the country and around the world have seemed at odds with each other. While many within the law enforcement community are quick to ascribe these tensions to the unfortunate result of an increasingly entitled society, they all too often remain ignorant of—or unwilling to explore—the role of the police force in contributing to the apparent discord between the community and the police who protect them. Some forget, and many do not even know, that the modern history of the police force as we know it is not a long one, not even years old. There was much resistance then, as there is now, to the idea of a uniformed, armed, occupying force patrolling the streets of the community. To address that resistance and assure the public of the good intentions and important benefits that a police force can provide, Sir Robert Peel, at the time the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom and later two-term Prime Minister , published what are now famously known as the Nine Peelian Principles. These principles outline the purpose and the mission of policing and provide admonishments for police forces so that they do not lose sight of why they exist and who they serve.
They contain three core ideas and nine principles. Sir Robert Peel's Policing Principles. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment. To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect. To recognize always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing cooperation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
More than years ago, Sir Robert Peel and his command staff penned nine guiding principles for London's first modern police force. They've become known as "Peel's principles" and are still widely studied and referenced in police literature today. Though the principles were written in different times, we wondered, do people think they still apply today? Click through the principles in the slideshow and let us know what you think. Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer. Andrea Levy, The Plain Dealer. Prevent crime without repression.