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Just conceive the state of…one parish, in which there are eighteen different local boards for [crime prevention], each acting without concert with the other!

The “day” was 11th May 1829: Robert Peel was discussing the case for the proposed new Metropolitan Police Force in a letter to the Duke of Wellington.

Of course, such bureaucracy and silo thinking would be unthinkable these days … there would be a partnership board to co-ordinate everything.

N.B. I have cheated a bit and modernised the language: Peel actually wrote, perhaps more poetically, of “the management of the watch” instead of “crime prevention”.

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