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Sir Robert Peel
1788 - 1850

British politician who held various various responsible posts including Home Secretary in the early 1800's. Sometimes called "the father of modern policing", Peel established the first disciplined police force in London in 1829. The policemen became known as "Bobby's boys", or "bobbies".


Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.

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.