Mr. Stamper told us of Sir Robert Peel, who established the London Metropolitan Police Force in 1829.
Prior to the Peelers and the Bobbies and Scotland Yard, England had my absolute favorite historical crime-fighting team, The Bow Street Runners. I won't go into too much detail here, because Robert Peel had some amazing ideas, but you should know that Sir John Fielding (brother to Henry, who wrote Tom Jones) presided as the head of the Runners and was dubbed the "Blind Beak of Bow Street". Sir John, who became sightless at an early age, could discern the voice of over 3,000 of London's criminals.
But enough of the Bow Street Runners! Back to Robert Peel.
Peel's vision was copped by representatives from the US, who tried to emulate his system of modern policing.
Here are several "peelers" in a completely candid moment.
Regardless of the fact that we were (as Norm told us) "bad students," it's never too late to go back to school. So here are Sir Robert Peel's shockingly relevant 9 principles of policing.
My personal favorite is #7:
"To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that 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."
If you'd like to hear how Norm Stamper would change our nation's methods of policing, be sure to check out To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police, or listen to his wonderful interview with Michel Martin on All Things Considered, which includes this quote about the war on drugs:
"If you're engaged in a war, you have to have an enemy. You also have to have propaganda. You don't fight wars without enemies and propaganda." - Norm Stamper, July 2016