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NCJ Number: 65057 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE IN THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE
Journal: INDIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1978)  Pages:49-52
Author(s): S M DIAZ
Corporate Author: Indian Soc of Criminology
University of Madras
India
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Indian Soc of Criminology
Madras 600005, India
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: DISCUSSION FOCUSES ON THE ROLE OF POLICE OFFICERS IN INDIA, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS GIVEN TO ACCOUNTABILITY, FULL POLICE PROFESSIONALIZATION, AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS AS SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES.
Abstract: THREE REASONS FOR THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN CONCEPT AND PRACTICE WITH RESPECT TO THE POLICE ROLE AND PERFORMANCE ARE (1) PEOPLE'S PREJUDICE AND FEAR, (2) MISUNDERSTANDING AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE LEVEL, AND INADEQUATE ROLE PERCEPTION AND PROFESSIONALIZATION AND INSUFFICIENT ATTITUDIAL CHANGE ON THE PART OF POLICE. THE PUBLIC'S IMAGE OF THE INDIAN POLICE FORCE IS POOR. THE GAP BETWEEN PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS AND POLICE PERFORMANCE MUST BE MINIMIZED TO IMPROVE THE IMAGE OF POLICE OFFICERS. POLITICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS DO NOT HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF POLICE FUNCTIONS AND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. IN THE MANDATORY AREA OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, POLICE ARE ACCOUNTABLE ONLY TO THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION AND, THEREFORE, TO COURTS. IN ALL OTHER MATTERS OF POLICE WORK, POLICE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE AND ELECTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. POLICE BEHAVIOR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DIVORCED FROM SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING AND COMMON POLITENESS. PROFESSIONALIZATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT POLICE OFFICERS HAVE PROPER ATTITUDES, SUITABLE APTITUDES, AND ADEQUATE TRAINING AND SKILLS, AND TO FACILITATE PUBLIC COOPERATION AND POLICE RESPONSE TIME. POLICE OFFICERS ALSO NEED TO BE AWARE OF SOCIAL CONTROL (ENFORCEMENT OF SOCIAL LEGISLATION) AND SOCIAL DEFENSE (THE CONTROL OF CRIME). FINALLY, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DIMENSION OF POLICE WORK SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED SO THAT POLICE CAN ENLIST PUBLIC COOPERATION IN CRIME PREVENTION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. (DEP)
Index Term(s): India; Police attitudes; Police community relations; Police education; Police social services; Professionalization; Role perception; Work attitudes
Note: KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE SEMINAR ON 'POLICE AND PUBLIC' ORGANIZED BY THE MADURAI INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL WORK ON 28 JANUARY 1978, AT MADURAI
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