Thursday, July 14, 2011

Robert Peel Says

“The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.” The police work in their society and in America the police are rightfully local authorities. By being local, the police can be very responsive to the concerns of their local community. The police are not an occupying army; they are in the community to protect the community.

Police do their best work when they work with the community to fight crime and keep order. Citizens need to be able to call the police in a timely manner so that police can respond fast enough to stop crimes in progress and capture criminals. The community must respect the police so that they will provide information about suspected criminals.

Police need the support of the community in other ways. Budgets are determined by local government and if the public don’t approve of the police then often police don’t get raises, don’t get new equipment and sometimes even get jobs cut. Community support also gives the benefit of the doubt to police when a controversial incident happens. Sir Robert Peel was right almost 200 years ago, that’s what the SGT Says.

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