Robert Peel almost 200 years ago said that “Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.” Police services are paid for by the whole population and the whole population should receive police services. Police services should be provided without regard to the person who is either the victim or the suspect.
If a person has been murdered the murder needs to be investigated properly no matter who the victim may have been in life. The death of a prostitute drug user is as important as the investigation of the murder of a rich person, elected official or even another police officer. All citizens have value and are deserving of proper police services.
Too many police administrators look for the ethnic, political, or special interest group of the month and provide them special police services. Our impartial service is important to the public and no group should get a special deal from the police. Public perception is critical to keep the confidence of the taxpayers; that’s what the SGT Says.