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Officer DeAndrel Scott (left), parent Lisa Dagley (right), and her son, Malik (center), at a Mentoring Arlington Youth Program dialogue circle at Sam Houston High School in 2016 His statement, undoubtedly the most high-profile public acknowledgment of the decades of harm visited upon communities of color by the criminal justice system, encouraged law enforcement to recognize—and subsequently invest in—public trust as a formal metric of departmental success. However, a renewed emphasis on public trust does not constitute a new direction in policing; on the contrary, this emphasis can be traced back to the nine principles of policing established by Sir Robert Peel of the London Metropolitan Police District in 1829. His model, which serves as the foundational philosophy behind community-oriented policing, argues in his second principle that “the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.” 10 This principle, and the larger framework for ethical policing it represents, remains “unique in history and throughout the world because it derive[s] not from fear but almost exclusively from public co-operation with the police, induced by them designedly by behaviour which secures and maintains for them the approval, respect, and affection of the public.” 11 10. ‘Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing,” New York Times, April 15, 2014, 2014/04/16/nyregion/sir-robert-peels-nine-principles-of-policing.html?mcubz=1. 11. Charles Reith, A New Study of Police History (London: Oliver & Boyd, 1956), 140. 4 Arlington, TX: A Community Policing Story