Law Enforcement Administration
Law Enforcement Administration - the process involved in ensuring strict compliance, proper obedience of laws and related statutes. Focuses on the policing process or how law enforcement agencies are organized and manage in order to achieve the goals of law enforcement most effectively, efficiently and productively.
Law - the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
Enforcement - means to compel obedience to a law, regulation or command.
Administration - an organizational process concerned with the implementation of objectives and plans and internal operating efficiency. Connotes bureaucratic structure and behavior, relative routine decision-making and maintenance of the internal order.
Sir Robert Peel - considered a "father of law enforcement".
Sir Robert Peels Nine Principles of Policing
1. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and
2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon
public approval of police actions.
3. Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary
observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the
respect of the public.
4. The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured
diminishes proportionally to the necessity of the use
5. Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public
opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial
service to the law.
6. Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure
observance of the law or to restore order only when
the expertise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be
7. Police at all time should maintain a relationship with the public that
gives reality to the historic tradition; the police are the public and
the public are the police. The police being only full time individuals
charged with the duties that are incumbent on all of the citizens.
8. Police should always direct their actions strictly towards their
functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder
not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
Related Readings: Law Enforcement Administration
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