Serving as Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel introduced a number of important reforms to British criminal law. His changes to the penal code system resulted in fewer crimes carrying a death penalty sentence and education for inmates. Often remembered today as The Founder of Modern Policing, Peel created the Metropolitan Police based on nine principles he developed for law enforcement.
Community policing involves and is certainly justified as necessary by the Peelian Principles. Established in 1829, The Peelian Principles currently are applicable and used in law enforcement agencies and community policing organizations today. Though they are not officially declared a code of ethics, they are indeed based on required ethical behavior of law enforcement and the public. Accountability is a key element for the success of law enforcement with the Peelian Principles. Modern technology and the media have increased the need for law enforcement, police, and the community to adhere to these principles.
by Sandra Nazemi
Born in Bury Lancashire in 1788, Sir Robert Peel was a social reformist, who served as Prime Minister, Home Secretary, and in other offices during his lifetime. During his time as Prime Minister, Peel passed modern legislation addressing working class issues. He introduced The Mine Act of 1842, prohibiting women and children from working underground in mines and The Factory Act of 1844 limiting the number of hours worked by women and children employed in factories.