The Application of Principles

  • Michael S. Pike


Since the inception of the modern police service, there have been several attempts to set out the various principles of policing1 but the most recent re-statement of principle can be found in Lord Scarman’s Report on the Brixton Disorders which has been quoted at length in earlier chapters. The two basic principles of ‘consent and balance’ and ‘independence and accountability’ represent the essence of effective policing and it is significant that when the police service was faced with a crisis and was being subjected to wide criticism, Lord Scarman felt compelled to judge the actions of the police against a background of principle.2


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  1. 1.
    See, for example, C. Reith’s New Study of Police History (1956)Google Scholar
  2. and J. Alderson’s The Principles and Practice of the British Police in The Police We Deserve (1973).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    See Mrs Hart’s The British Police (1951) p. v.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    P. Southgate, Police Probationer Training in Race Relations, (H.O. Research & Planning Unit, 1982).Google Scholar
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    C. Reith, A New Study of Police History (1956) p. 288.Google Scholar
  6. 26.
    C. Reith, A New Study of Police History (1956) p. 205.Google Scholar

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