Police reforms or Jugglery: Sphinx riddle – Eagle Eye – Daily Notable
The dream of police reforms is now seems a far cry in the wilderness. The decisions of police high ups are tantamount to experience new paradigms that are impracticable and against the reason.
Though the incumbent Provincial police officer is doing great by finishing the backlog of pending promotions and initiating the welfare projects but the recent order about the posting criteria of Station house officer is a hazy and amounting to create chaos in the curbing of crime.
The decision is made in the recent ROs conference that all SHOs having challaned in any criminal case will be removed and against whom criminal cases are registered and under investigation be place under suspension, besides their shifting from the police station immediately.
The most crucial and intriguing decision is that those officers who are having three or more major punishments in their discredit throughout their career/service be forthwith transferred and shall not be posted as SHO in future. The reality is that appeals are pending over due in the offices of appellate authority.
Police is fighting on the front line bearing the brunt of hardened criminals and COVID-19. No one can gainsay the fact that the criminal and corrupt officers should not be allowed to work on such a critical post of Station House officer.
Undoubtedly, police station is the first administrative unit and all the applicants approach police station for the redressal of grievances.
The decision is not wise at all. It might be well before to give appraisal on the decision but the outcome would be the proliferation of street crime.
The reform of police has always been tricky issue. The cause of highhandedness, corruption and inefficacy lies in the lackadaisical behaviour of supervisory officers. Everybody knows that police has to raid far and wide in order to nab hardened criminals.
Most of the criminal cases against police officers are biased and to diffuse the heated situation. It would be better to constitute a team to evaluate the criminal cases and charges against police officers working as SHO.
The political interference need to be scotched as the extraneous pressure of political forces and other big guns disturb the working and professional efficiency of police officers.
It has become norm that any person having bouquet of flower come to SDPO, DPO ,CPO office and have a snapshot and after that he exploits his relationship to fleece the common people and gullible.
The sincerity of IG police can’t be doubtful but the decision has horrific repercussions. The decision is tantamount to unleash the criminals as the novice officers don’t know the criminal mentality and ecology of crime infested areas.
What is required at this moment to rectify the situation, to constitute the committee in every district who evaluate the education, performance, integrity and character of would- be SHO and then appoint him to the post of station house officer.
The minimum period should be six months and if he falters or involve in any malfeasance, the reason of transferring should be discussed in the committee.
Everyone wants police reforms but the whims and capricious attitudes will never be applauded as wise decision. The supervisory officers should leave the offices and come in the field to face the hoodlums.
The holistic approach is required. The incumbent IG should take stock of training facilities and capabilities of existing staff. The profile of staff attached with every Gazetted officer should be evaluated through covert sources. Hope the sanity will prevail.
The officers from constable to Inspector do not require Perks but respect, ownership and protection of law during the execution of duty. – PUNA