Sir Robert Peel Policing Paper

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Sir Robert Peel's Position on Policing

Kessha Hobson

Survey of Justice and Security

Professor Steven J. Duplissis, J.D.

March 14, 2010


The real key for policing is the police are the people and the people are the police. Community policing has become a new trend in law enforcement over the past few decades. Sir Robert Peel is probably the most influential name associated with modern day policing. Sir Robert Peel's nine principles have a distinct purpose to modern day policing now. Within this paper I will address Sir Robert Peel's concept of community policing in today's society, how community policing takes a completely different type of officer, how community policing can be a valuable asset to a community, and how community policing can be used to prevent crime.

Sir Robert Peel's Concept of Community Policing

In our diverse society, it is necessary for police to understand the different cultures that make up the communities that they patrol.

This can be accomplished through multi-cultural training and education. According to Sir Robert Peel the basic mission of the police existence is to prevent crime and disorder. Peel believed that prevention of crime could be accomplished without intruding into the lives of citizens and this is what he based his concepts of community policing on. Peel also stated that the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions and they must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the laws to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public. Sir Robert Peel established that police and the people of the community are equal in terms of effective policing. It is extremely necessary to have effective communication between the...