Sir Robert Peel is the father of modern policing. While he developed the police department as we know it almost 200 years ago, his theories are timely today. He developed and spoke of several principles of police work. While he did not actually publish a list of principles, these are generally ascribed to him. The first one is “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.”
Every society has its criminal element but it is the duty of the police to prevent crime. Unlike fire departments who generally wait for fires to happen, police constantly patrol looking for suspicious activity and persons who may be planning on the commission of crimes. When we find one of these, we intervene to try and prevent or interrupt crimes before they are completed.
Police also educate the public on methods to avoid being victimized and on methods to prevent crime in their communities. We also respond when there is civil unrest. That unrest can be a single individual who is drunk and creating a disturbance or a massive riot. Police need to act as peace officers and restore order to their jurisdiction. Robert Peel, he had some good ideas, that’s what the SGT Says.