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Sir Robert Peel's Twelve Principles or Standards of Policing

Explain the meaning of the twelve standards of policing proposed by Robert Peel. Explain why each of these principles is still important today.

1. The police must be stable and efficient and organized along military lines.
2. The police must be under governmental control.
3. The absence of crime will best prove the efficiency of police.
4. The distribution of crime news is essential.
5. The deployment of police strength both by time and area is essential.
6. No quality is more indispensable to a policeman than a perfect command of temper; a quiet, determined manner has more effect than violent action.
7. Good appearance commands respect.
8. The securing and training of proper persons is at the root of efficiency.
9. Public security demands that every police officer be given a number.
10. Police headquarters should be centrally located and easily accessible to the people.
11. Policeman should be hired on a probationary basis.
12. Police records are necessary to correct distribution of police strength.

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Sir Robert Peel originally developed the twelve principles or standards of policing when overhauling London's police force in the 19th century. All these years later, the twelve standards still apply to policing today. Below each standard is briefly explained. Also provided is an example of how each relates to modern day policing.

Depending on how long the essay, research paper, or assignment needs to be, each standard can be expanded upon further. A suggestion for writing about each principle or standard is to state each one, briefly explain what each means, and provide an example of that standard/principle being applied in policing today.

1. The police must be stable and efficient and organized along military lines.
The police use of military type rankings, such as captain - lieutenant - sergeant, etc., is one example of being organized along military lines. Additionally, police cadets/recruits are typically trained at a police academy or go through some type of training that often ...

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This library solution provides an overview of Sir Robert Peel's twelve standards of policing. An explanation of each standard is given. Additionally, modern day examples are also provided to demonstrate how each standard is present in policing today.