According to Sir Robert Peel of Great Britain, who is viewed by many of our police leaders as the father of modern policing, the police are the public, and the public are the police. This is principle No. 7 of the nine Peelian Principles. Principle No. 2 states, "To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect."