About the Peel Award

The Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police has developed an award to recognize outstanding problem solving efforts in Wisconsin. This award is modeled after the Herman Goldstein Award, which is presented annually by the police executive research forum. The Peel Award shares many of the same criteria but focuses on community policing efforts occurring in the State of Wisconsin. 

We are seeking projects that have made a significant impact on the community they were implemented in. A successful project may include the elimination of a neighborhood problem or it may have a broader scope such as the implementation of a landlord notification program.  Submissions should include some element of community partnership to be considered. The Peel Award is named for Sir Robert Peel, who is considered the father of modern community policing. 

Born in England in 1788, Peel obtained a parliamentary seat in 1809. Rising crime statistics convinced him that more should be done to prevent crime. So, in 1829 he implemented the Metropolitan Police Act. With it emerged the first disciplined police force for London. 

This police force soon became known as “Bobby's boys” or "bobbies". Peel authored what are known as Peel’s Principles. One of Peel’s most famous quotes sums up what the Peel Award represents;

"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 on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence" – Sir Robert Peel 1839

The Peel award will be presented at the Annual WACOP conference in January. The entry deadline is November 1, no exceptions. One winner and two finalists will be named.

Submissions should be made in electronic format such as Microsoft Word.



Eligibility


All employees of governmental agencies in Wisconsin who directly deliver police services to the public are eligible for the award. Agencies may submit as many nominations as they wish. 

The Peel award exists to recognize problem-oriented approaches to specific crime and disorder problems. Submissions must address all four phases of the SARA problem-solving model. 




Direct Inquiries to:

Paul Van Handel

c/o Green Bay PD

307 S. Adams St.

Green Bay, WI 54301

920-639-6678


 

 Email: info@wacop.org


  

Past Award Winners


2014 - Good Drugs Gone Bad


2012 - Project Clean Sweep


2011 - Sweeping Franklin Street


2010 - Olin Park Project


2009 - Operation: One Stop 
details currently unavailable


2008 - Beyond the Binge


 

Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing

1) The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

2) The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.

3) Police must secure the willing co-operation 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 co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.

5) Police seek and preserve public favour 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 exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.

7) 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 on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

8) Police should always direct their action 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.