The Peel Society celebrates 40 years

Robin Thorne, Margaret Clarke and Commissioner Cressida Dick

The Peel Society was formed forty years ago to commemorate the foundation of the Metropolitan Police by Robert Peel in 1829. Peel was Home Secretary at the time and the following year when his Father died, became MP for Tamworth and squire of Drayton Manor.

The precept of the Metropolitan Police that Peel established was that the police were there to keep the peace and help the public. ‘The police are citizens and the citizens are the police’.

The chief guest at the dinner on July 16th to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the foundation of The Peel Society was the current commissioner of the Metropolis, Cressida Dick CBE, QPM. After a hectic day in London, she gave an illuminating talk on the relevance of Sir Robert Peel in todays environment. The Commissioner told the members and friends of the Peel Society that she had taken a passing out parade of new recruits to the Metropolitan Police the previous Friday at the Hendon Police College and had insisted on having her photograph taken with the recruits by the statue of Sir Robert Peel because his ideas on the founding of the Metropolitan Police in 1819 still resonate today.

Cressida Dick also gave the audience an insight into the future of policing in the digital age and the effort that is put in to keeping up to date with the threats posed by social media and modern technology.

Amongst the guests were serving and retired police officers from Tamworth, West Midlands and Staffordshire, also the Society were delighted that a great great grandson of Sir Robert Peel, Robin Thorne, attended the celebrations. There was also a contingent from the local Soroptimists clubs come to listen to one of the most successful ladies in the UK.

With the Peel Museum at Middleton Hall and an active membership, The Society looks forward to the future with confidence.