Robert Peel's Nine Principles Essay

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After reviewing Sir Robert Peel's nine principles of policing I believe all nine principles are still evident in modern policing. These principles of policing were created as a standard for initial modern police forces, however due to modernization of policing through technology and training, some of these standards have evolved to adapt to today’s standards of policing. Let us examine how these principles were the foundation for modern police forces, and the standards they coincide with today, beginning with Peel’s first principle.
Peel’s first principle states the basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder (Dempsey & Forst, 2016). Regardless of the policing era, this principle still applies and is necessary for police department legitimacy. Peel’s second principle states the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions (Dempsey & Forst, 2016). When the public and police form partnerships they design and implement police action plans that are tailored to the communities needs. Peel’s third principle is police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public (Dempsey & Forst, 2016). This principle is evident today by statutory laws that are passed to secure and protect the public from harm. For instance, laws that govern speeding are enacted to protect and safeguard the commuting public from reckless acts committed by negligent drivers. Peel’s fourth and sixth principles are related to the use of force administered …show more content…

Many police agencies today have established a code of ethics, or codes of conduct, and it easy to find parallels between Peel’s principles and present policies and

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