Police administration

Police Commissions at the National and State levels have made several suggestions ‘
to make the police efficient, responsive and responsible. But unfortunately on one
consideration or the other they have not been seriously considered. This indicates
that police reform is a low priority area in the country. Whatever reforms were
implemented they were done half-heartedly without understanding the socio￾political milieu within which the police has to operate. Because of the adhoc and
piecemeal nature of the reforms they did not have the intended effect. The reforms
are required not only in organisation, personnel. procedures but also in the attitudes
of the people and the police officials. Still colonial attitude pervades the minds of the
police personnel. Reform should be continuous because no adhoc approach will give
the intended results.
The police behaviour like rudeness, non-registration of FIR, maltreatment in lock￾ups and so on, are forbidden in the Police Regulations. Mohit Bhattacharya
explained the problem areas in the field of human rights. In his words “(a) General
feeling that the ground realities – how crime and criminals have actually to be dealt
with – are not appreciated by “human rights” protagonists, (b) the balance seems to
be tilting towards criminals, leading to police discomfiture; (c) human rights are, no
doubt, of great value; at the same time, police discretion is necessary to deal with
the ground situation”. The major problems faced by police functionaries and Police
Stations are intra-organisational issues related to human resource like insufficient
manpower, low motivation, lack of promotion opportunities, lack of proper training
etc. Infrastructure related problems such as shortage of vehicles and fuel, poor

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