Have our police forgotten?
by Steve Torino
In the light of what has been happening in Toronto, and elsewhere in one form or another, CSSA/CILA would like you to read the nine principles of the modern concept of the police force, as established by the founder of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), British Home Secretary and Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
It makes for a real comparison with what law enforcement has become and what it was originally conceived to be and what it was up to a few years ago.CSSA/CILA believe that our members and friends should make every effort to remind our powers that be of their real duties versus their present focus on controlling those most easily controlled, as stated in the ninth principle of Sir Robert Peel.
The current situations of abuse of power and complete disregard for legal rights and real justice need addressing by the very citizens who gave the authorities the original power to seek out and prevent crime, NOT the power to persecute those who have not caused any real criminal acts.
Please read the following and compare for yourself how far away we now are from what is right and what should be done by those who call themselves “police”
Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles
- 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 public approval of police actions.
- Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance 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 on 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.
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (5 February 1788 – 2 July 1850) was the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 December 1834 to 8 April 1835, and again from 30 August 1841 to 29 June 1846. He helped create the modern concept of the police force while Home Secretary (leading to officers being known as “bobbies” in England, or Peelers, in Ireland, to this day), oversaw the formation of the Conservative Party out of the shattered Tory Party, and repealed the Corn Laws.