What happens when citizens feel they no longer ‘serve and protect’?
In 1829 Sir Robert Peel introduced a bill that was passed by the British Parliament. It created the Metropolitan Police, what would become the famous Bobbies, named after Sir Robert. What was novel in the new law and organization was the establishment of what was termed Community Policing. The idea had existed previously but this was its’ first institutionalization. The idea was that policing should become part of the community, that the community should invite their protectors into the community to be a part of it, much like the teachers or health care providers or mail carriers. Prior to this public safety had, if it existed at all, been “imposed” on a community. The police were often viewed as outsiders and were as often not wanted or at best tolerated. Sir Roberts ‘novel idea was that public safety would be best served by making it community based. It was equally vital that police officers be wanted and accepted by the community. This is in fact what the new concept was all about. The idea was adopted by every city in the western world within 50 years. That’s how successful it was, and that’s what we have lost
We need police but we need much better oversight on police, the issues are when power is abused and laws are broken but there is no discipline. I work for the government in environmental enforcement and we have insane amounts of oversight and accountability. Often it's annoying because I can't bend the rules to investigate things that I know are happening, but everyone is better for it. People aren't mad when police do their jobs, they are mad when they abuse power.