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HISTORY OF THE POLICE. ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Kin Police  People watch out for their own relatives and kin  Watch System (until the mid-19 th century)

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2 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Kin Police  People watch out for their own relatives and kin  Watch System (until the mid-19 th century)  Citizen Volunteers  Provided social services  Light street lamps  Soup kitchens  Recover lost children  Capture runaway animals  Minimal crime control

3 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Policing in England and Colonial America was largely ineffective, as it was based on a volunteer system and their method of patrol was both disorganized and sporadic.

4 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Responsibility of enforcing the law shifted away from citizen volunteers to groups of men living in the community. This was the frankpledge system in England  Men formed groups of 10 called tythings (tithings)  10 tythings were grouped into hundreds  Hundreds were grouped into shires  A shire reeve was chosen to be in charge of each shire

5 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Individual members of the tythings were responsible for capturing criminals and bringing them to court  The shire reeve provided oversight of the activities conducting in the tythings of the shire

6 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  The shire reeve evolved into what American law enforcement position today?

7 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  American system similar to the English system  Sheriff’s responsibilities …  Catch criminals (least profitable act)  Work with the courts  Collect taxes (most profitable act)

8 ENGLISH INFLUENCE  Colonial America  Night Watch (and later, Day Watch) groups largely ineffective  Members would sleep or socialize on duty  Citizen-based watch groups not equipped to deal with social unrest and rioting of late 1700s through the early 1800s  Emergence of publicly funded police departments

9 SIR ROBERT PEEL  Metropolitan Police Act  Introduced to Parliament in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary of England  Created a police force to manage social conflict in London  Created the first “modern” police department  London Metropolitan Police, September 29, 1829

10 SIR ROBERT PEEL  Father of modern policing  Integral part of the creation of the London Metropolitan Police  Created basic principles that would guide the formation of police departments in the United States

11 SIR ROBERT PEEL  Why are past and current officers of the London Metropolitan Police referred to as Bobbies or Peelers?

12 SIR ROBERT PEEL  Believed primary function of police should be crime prevention  Work in a coordinated and centralized manner  Coverage across beat areas  Be available in public night and day  Preventative patrol to deter criminal activity

13 SIR ROBERT PEEL  Believed London Metropolitan Police Department should be viewed as legitimate  Identified several principles that he believed would establish credibility with the public

14 SIR ROBERT PEEL – PEELIAN PRINCIPLES  Police must be under government control  Military-like organizational structure  Easily accessible central headquarters  Quality of officers would contribute to legitimacy  Even tempered and reserved  Appropriate uniforms  Badge numbers  No firearms  Appropriate training

15 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 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.

16 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 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.

17 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 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.

18 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 5. The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the 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 society without regard to their race or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

19 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 6. The police should 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 to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

20 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 7. The 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 are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the intent of the community welfare.

21 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 8. 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.

22 PEELIAN PRINCIPLES 9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

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