For Law abiding citizens & residents; 'An effective authority figure knows trust and accountability are paramount.'
The 1829 Metropolitan Police Act created a modern police force. It created a service [“by public consent”] to be apolitical, to maintain the peace and apprehend criminals for the courts to process according to the law, without
bias or prejudice. To take over the locally maintained system of volunteer constables of the Parish Councils and the watchmen. Also the authority and purview of the Bow Street Runners was greatly diminished.
As Home secretary Robert Peel developed,
to define an ethical police force. The principles traditionally ascribed to Peel state that:
Whether the police are effective is not measured on the number of arrests, but on the lack of crime.
Above all else, an effective authority
figure knows trust and accountability are paramount. Hence, Peel's most often quoted principle that "The police are the public and the public are the police." [It should have been added in, to the ‘Law abiding' public]
The nine principles were as follows:
1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions
and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the
securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical
force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard
to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour,
and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent
necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public
that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that 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.
8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively
judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.