What I base my ideas about Policing On - the Nine Principles of Policing
These might have been first put down on paper in the 19th century, but I beleive that these Nine Principles should be the basis of the contract between the British people and any police force.
The Nine Principles of Policing
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself - some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London's Metropolitan Police Department.
PRINCIPLE 1 "The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder."
PRINCIPLE 2 "The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions."
PRINCIPLE 3 "Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public."
PRINCIPLE 4 "The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force."
PRINCIPLE 5 "Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law."
PRINCIPLE 6 "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."
PRINCIPLE 7 "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."
PRINCIPLE 8 "Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary."
PRINCIPLE 9 "The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it."
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A version of this article appears in print on April 16, 2014, Section A, Page 20 of the New York edition with the headline: Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | Subscribe