When did the modern policing begin?

Modern policing dates back to the 1800’s. One of the most prominent figures advocating for a professional police force was Sir Robert Peel, an MP and Home Secretary for the United Kingdom in the 1820’s.

Thanks to Peel, the London Metropolitan Police was established in 1829. The British public was initially hesitant about the newly-established police force, fearing that it would simply act as, and support the military. To ensure that the police would remain true to its mandate, several principles were laid down. These principles, which stress the police’s dependance on public trust, its role in preventing crime and maintaining order, its adherence to the law, its use of force as a last resort, and other, are still valid today.

Find out more about the Peelian Police here.