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Peelian Principle 1 - “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.”
Peelian Principle 2 - “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”
Peelian Principle 3 - “Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.”
Peelian Principle 4 - “The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.”
Peelian Principle 5 - “Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.”
Peelian Principle 6 - “Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.”
Peelian Principle 7 - “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that 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.”
Peelian Principle 8 - “Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.”
Peelian Principle 9 - “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.”
How very far we've come -- far from such ancient ideals, and also far from having a population that they could reasonably apply to.
The "occupying army" mentality in modern police officers disdains non-cops as "civilians". That has its benefits; for example the more the force sees itself as an in-group in opposition to the "civilian" out-group, the more racial tensions within a multi-racial police force can be de-emphasized (as is normal with military forces). But it means the whole Peel program is right out the window.
Also, Robert Peel was interested in a force that could work with Englishmen -- a riotous population, but 100% white, Christian, and English. You could assume that displays of absolute impartiality would impress people and win their favor. That is not the case any more. The trend is all to the bad.
If the issue is the empowerment of women, believe me women are already empowered in the Eastern Orthodox Church. They serve on Parish Councils, as delegates to Archdiocesan Conventions and on the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese. In my parish we have a woman Parish Council chair and woman treasurer. In a parish a priest who fights with the women does not survive.