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NCJ Number: 90240 Find in a Library
Title: Police-Public Relations in Contemporary Society
Journal: Social Defence  Volume:18  Issue:69  Dated:(July 1982)  Pages:30-40
Author(s): B K Nagla
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: India must enhance police-public relations so that the police show greater respect for community needs, and the public appreciates its police in the community.
Abstract: There are two types of police forces: people's police, which evolved to service community interests, and ruler-appointed police, which serve the ruler's interests. Indian police derive their system from the British and were a part of the British attempt to subjugate Indian nationalism so that Indian police increasingly came into conflict with the people and become further estranged from them. Indian police, concentrated in urban areas where the elite live, neglect the rural population. Working conditions for police are almost inhuman. Police officers receive no weekly holidays or religious breaks, have inconvenient working hours, and receive no overtime allowance. There is no consensus in India regarding the police role and accountability; police goals and priorities should be defined in order to give these men a consistent basis for self-image and legitimate methods of functioning. Moreover, an urgent need exists to humanize the police, as their alleged involvement in several recent incidents of brutality has tarnished their image. Police officers should have educational backgrounds that broaden their own social perspective; training programs for all ranks should cover the meaning of democracy and India's social structure. Police should be better paid and require improved working conditions. Data on Indian police strength during 1977 are provided along with 11 references.
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Fringe benefits; India; Pay rates; Police community relations; Police manpower deployment; Police reform; Police work attitudes
Note: Presented at the seminar on Police-Public Relations organized by the District Police, Rohtak, held at Zila Parishad Hall, Rohtak on 10th April, 1982.
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