Editorial

Professionalism in police

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/8/2019 10:28:21 AM IST

 In both their speeches, Nagaland Governor R.N.Ravi and later Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio elaborated on the law and order scenario in the north east and also highlighted the challenges before the police forces in the north east at the 26th general conference of state DGPs, IGPs and Central Police Organisations (CPOs) in Choümukedima from September 5 to 6. Governor Ravi spoke about the rise in various crimes (mafiaism, drug running, extortion etc) that are due to proliferation of illegal arms, it was clear that there is a need for a thorough overhaul. Ravi also spoke on the need to unfold an integrated strategy to combat crimes in respective states instead of a segregated strategy. Rio elucidated on solving the Naga issue in order to effect a broad peace environment in the region. Be that as it may, Police in the country in general, functions within limited independence since the political rulers will not let the force become totally independent. The magnitude of the challenge is huge and police alone cannot do the job, lacking as it is with respect to factors such as independence in functioning, quality of training and professionalism etc besides not being able to set up a truly functional scientific method for crime detection etc. Professionalism in the police means having the independence to function in order to deliver the goods. Transparency implies that the processes of decision-making and discipline-enforcement are open and visible to the public. Realising the gravity of the matter and the uncertainty of time on the part of Governments, the apex court in 2006 issued directions, which led to the landmark reforms in the law enforcement system of the country. These directions were binding on the governments, until they draft a law in the same issues and were supposed to file a affidavit of compliance. Police reforms in India has been long recognised and the debate has been on for over 30 years on the issue of 21st century India continuing to use the 19th century Indian Police Act written in 1861 by the British rulers. The reason that most of the states are not too interested in effecting Police Reform is that it demands loosening the political and bureaucratic grip on the force in all spheres. That is why most states are either going slow or not bothered in implementing Police Reforms. If Police Reform was to be implemented, it would impact the selection system, training, procurement, promotion, transfer and size of the force. In many states, police recruitment system is a sham where thousands are taken in on the basis of extraneous considerations. Police reforms is necessary since it touches on transparency and accountability in selection of officers and men based on pure merit and ability. Unfortunately, politicization, criminalization and inefficiency of the police are overshadowing the efforts to introduce reforms in the law and order machinery. The appalling condition of the Judicial system of India is due to many factors but one the most important factor is Police system and post emergency there have been many deliberations with respect to the problems that besets Police systems that continue to follow the system of 1961. If there is genuine concern then the police should be made totally independent and transparent and also the judiciary needs to get its act in having an integrated strategy to get to the roots of all crimes.

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