Decrypting Police Identity: A Staunch Legal Endeavour

Shaurya Dutt
H.P. National Law University, Shimla, India

Volume II – Issue I, 2020

Laymen have wide connotations and conceptions about the police, vis-à-vis, “There’s only two people in your life you should lie to – your wife & the police”, “Yes officer, I did see the speed limit sign, I just didn’t see you”, “The police are not here to create disorder, they are here to preserve disorder”, “Put yourself in the shoes of a cop and the chances are you won’t even like what you see in your face.” These kind of sayings are omnipresent today, but was the police formed to be criticized? What exactly is the role of police? Police typically are responsible for maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal activities. These functions are known as policing. Police are often also entrusted with various licensing and regulatory activities.  In this paper the author makes a stalwart effort in understanding the administrative loopholes that led the police from becoming the “embodiment of bravery” to “corrupt guinea pigs” & see how is this scenario being taken care of, and can be taken care of in India. 

Keywords: Police, Bureaucracy, Public Administration, Law and Order, Indian Police Services.


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