Liberal blogger: How Sir Robert Peel defined the mission of good policing

The English “bobbies” were named after Peel.

Arguments include:

1. The basic mission for which 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.

2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police existence, actions, behavior and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public respect.

3. 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.

(several items more)

Link to article: Sir Robert Peel

(Note: blogger is a downsized newspaper reporter.)

(Note 2: blog includes comments section, which is unmoderated. May feature occasional naughty language and off-topic expeditions.)



Canada has inherited these same principles. This view of policing is in contrast to what the French do, which I would assume America adopted like driving on the right to spite the British. Oddly America never adopted the metric system.
It seems bizarre the way governments think of policing can have profound results.
Sadly, this philosophy is slowly being eroded away in our countries.

This topic was automatically closed 14 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit