For many western societies, Sir Robert Peel’s principles have served as the framework for modern policing, beginning with the establishment of the London Metropolitan Police in 1829. Considered as relevant today as they were at their origin nearly two hundred years ago, Peel’s principles stipulate that the basic mission of the police is to prevent crime and disorder. The ability of the police to fulfill this mission is dependent on the cooperation and consent of the public, and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public trust and confidence. These principles require that the police provide service to all members of society without regard to race or social standing. Despite the many positive changes that have enhanced the professionalism of the police and introduced more modern management practices, attempts to reform the police may have inadvertently caused the police to move away from the spirit of Peel’s principles through bureaucratic structures, rigid performance management regimes and internal control mechanisms that reinforce the divide between the ranks and an “us against the world” mentality.