The reputation of the police agencies in this country have taken a beating over the past few years. Most famously in the Obama era, but we continue to struggle with our general reputation, in some part because we tend to forget who we actually serve. A review of Peel's work will help us to re-focus out efforts in a manner that serves the greater good. One of my favorite of his principles is:
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.The police are the public and the public are the police. This is the foundation of civil police work. We are simply members of the citizenry who are paid full-time to focus on crime and disorder. We are no better, or worse, in large part, than the citizens we serve.