Essay on The Twelve Principles Of Policing

811 Words Jun 27th, 2016 4 Pages
The twelve Principles of Policing were developed by Robert Peel and they are still applicable by today’s standards. Looking at the standards individually one can better understand how they can still apply after all this time. The first of these principles states, “The police must be stable, efficient, and organized along military lines” (Bohm & Haley, 2011, p. 141). The military is known for its efficiency and ability to organize which in turn produce a stable environment and an organization which can function at a peak level. By operating in this manner, the public is afforded a more efficient and effective police department. The police department is afforded an efficient department in which a chain of command exists for the betterment of the entire department. The second principle states, “The police must be under governmental control” (Bohm & Haley, 2011, p. 141). Placing the police under governmental control, it helps to minimize corruption in the department. The governmental control establishes oversight which results in the officers and the department being held accountable for their actions. The third principle states, “The absence of crime will best prove the efficiency of police” (Bohm & Haley, 2011, p. 141). In the case of a police department, if the work is being done effectively and efficiently the end product will be a reduction in crime. In the fourth principle, Peel states, “The distribution of crime news is essential” (Bohm & Haley,…

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