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Quotes of the Day for 29 September 2003 – Police

It was the evening of this 29 September 1829 that police first patroled the City of London from their new headquarters at 4 Whitehall Place. Home Secretary Robert Peel had pushed the Metropolis Police Improvement Bill through Parliament, creating a new system of police protection for London, replacing a system based in the middle ages and found wanting as the city grew. The back of the building opened on to a plot of land called Great Scotland Yard. As the force has expanded into other buildings, and moved into new consolidated facilities twice, it has always kept the "Scotland Yard" name. In recognition of Peel's work, London police have been called "peelers" or, more charitably, "bobbies."

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The quotes:

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

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.
     - Robert Peel, 1788 - 1850

I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.
     - Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980

Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.
     - George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950

At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness—not crimes and scandals.
     - Soren Kierkegaard, 1813 - 1855

You only lie to two people; your girlfriend and the police. Everyone else you tell the truth to.
     - Jack Nicholson


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