Sunday, May 1, 2011

Standing up when no one else will

Vigilantes Band Together to Protect Sex Workers (h/t Instapundit)

It would be nice if this were not necessary. But this is a valuable reminder of one of the fundamental principles of good policing formulated by Sir Robert Peel when he founded the once-exemplary Metropolitan Police Force:
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 upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.


  1. To use a classic line. "When seconds count the police are only minutes away."