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Sir Robert Peel is probably the most influential name associated with modern day policing. In the year of 1829, he formed the first modern metropolitan police department. And the 'Peelers,' or 'Bobbies,' set precedent for what our police of today model themselves after.

Upon Peel's call for a metropolitan police department, he set up principles, which are called Peel's Principles of Law Enforcement. These nine principles set up what he envisioned the metropolitan police to stand for. He wanted the police to stand by these principles and mold themselves to the conformity of the nine principles.

In reviewing Peel's Principles of Law Enforcement, the first principle listed states, 'The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to the repression of crime and disorder by military force and severity of legal punishment.' This principle basically means that the police are in place to prevent crime from happening wi

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This relates to community policing today in that the police are in place to curb criminal behavior and maintain order in the community. ' This principle relates to community policing in that the police need to do what their job entitles them to do. This principle relates to community policing in that the police need to be seen in the public as a unit who works together in maintaining order.

The eighth principle states, 'The police should always direct their actions toward their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary by avenging individuals or the state, or authoritatively judging guilt or punishing the guilty.

The third principle states, 'The police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain public respect. ' This principle relates



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