Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sir Robert Peel's Nine Points of Policing

Credit to Flickr user AmJamJazz ( thanks GirlOneTrack)

* 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.


Recommended reading: Tom Whipple in the Times, Marina Hyde in the Guardian,
Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail
hat tip Justin,


Blogger thegirl said...

Quick heads up: the photo you've posted has been doing the rounds - uncredited, sadly - all over the place, and it was shot by this guy - - who has an All Rights Reserved copyright notice on the pic. You might want to let him know you've used it and link back to the original pic...

April 11, 2009 4:42 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks mate, amended

April 11, 2009 5:56 pm  
Blogger Martin Budden said...

I find this photo so saddening.

I imagine the policeman as a teenager deciding to become a doctor to help people. And deciding to become a policeman because he wants to serve his country. Whatever his true motivation, a young man does not make those kind of choices for other than the best of reasons.

Then I think of all the little choices he made that took him off the path he chose. What would the young man of 18 have said if he had been shown this picture of his future self?

April 11, 2009 7:19 pm  

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