Saturday, 23 October 2010

Peelian Principles

Simply because they're talked about a lot, the Peelian Principles of Policing:

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 the public approval of police actions.

Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation 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 upon 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.

19 comments:

TonyF said...

These principals should be drummed into children at school.

At 16, they then sign as understanding them and make their first steps as citizens.

Area Trace No Search said...

Children at school... you mean probationers at Hendon..?

Dr Melvin (Banned from police blogs) Gray said...

HONOURABLE RESPONSE TO COWARDLY THREAT, 'AREA TRACE NO SEARCH'

Recent events unfold deep hostility of a very disaffected public towards Gestapo methods of an out-of-control police. Successive governments have mistakenly allowed the proliferation of bullies within this public service. The middle class stood by, merely tutting here and there but rules are changing.

There will be no formal announcement of the inevitable police cleansing. Those Chief officers shielding the likes of Gadget, Bloggs and 200 will face the axe themselves. This will begin closure of the UK’s maverick police blogs and herald the creation of the working relationship between police and public, expected within a democracy.

Every rogue police officer who abused position in any way, or assisted corrupt colleagues to evade justice, or stirred hatred on a blog with cowardly anonymity, will be identified. UK Citizens have the moral right to this information and every moral right to reject by any means if necessary, a State Police growing ever more maniacal.

TonyF said...

I know, the older you get the younger Policemen seem....

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia couldn't put it better itself!

Blue Eyes said...

Anon: OUCH! LOL!

Anonymous said...

ParaScene from Dad's Army: Nazi officer: "Vot iss your name???" Capt. Mainwaring: "Don't tell him Melvin".

taffy said...

As us in metland know, the new commisioner is very up on single patrol, wearing ties etc "because thats how its been since robert peel".

Next HR forum im going to ask how those of us on the outer divisions will go about being issued our cutlass and flintlock pistol on night shift.

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