- Appreciation: Both monetary – in terms of more generous salaries, as well as emotional – attention to needs, prompt action to urgent ones, investment in their training so that they have greater skills and more pride.
- Legislative maturity: When a Parliament keeps spewing out laws, I don’t know if they consider an understaffed and over-burdened police force having to enforce them. Failure adds to lawlessness. There needs to be a maturity in prioritizing. In the current state of lack of security, is it more important to police criminals, anti-social elements, monitor intelligence or police violators of a ridiculously exaggerated drinking age? Non-essential laws being scrapped will free police energies for the essentials. When a better state of security is established, the less important laws can be brought in if the government still thinks it important to micro-manage citizens.
- Budget: As @primary_red points out, the budget for the police force is astonishingly low “India’s defense budget in 2011 was ~$36 Billion. The budget for police was ~$9 Billion.” Yet, the police force is larger, under a lot more day to day pressure, needs far more resources than it currently has. Of course, it doesn’t end up paying for accommodation of its employees away from their homes, but no one is asking to make them equal. But more is definitely needed for needs money can buy – equipment, training, facilities, salaries… More money needs allocated here if we expect better functioning.
- Publicity: The role of police being publicized for its importance. The value of ethics, the high responsibility of the privilege to uphold a pillar of the democracy personally. Recruitment should be well advertised till needed strength of forces is achieved.
- Training and equipment: I don’t know how to describe it. They need great weapons, bulletproof vests and training for both effectiveness as well as emotional skills and leadership. Training that instills a sense of pride in upholding the law with as much integrity as they are capable of… and raising the bar. Engaging them in the country’s goals as equal partners rather than the fetch and carry boys.
- Accountability: Demanding that the laws of the country be upheld and available to absolutely any citizen regardless of religion, caste, class, ethnicity… or even nationality. Investigating deviations, researching them to improve.
- Encouraging and safeguarding whistleblowing: The whistleblowers bill coming up will help, but it must be clear and well promoted that the state is interested in knowing what the cops are up to, and that it will lead to appropriate responses and actions and will actively protect the whistle blower from any fallout of their providing information.
- Exemplary punishment: Deliberately breaking the country’s laws should be seen as an attack on democracy and treason – particularly for more serious crimes involving death or injury or crippling losses. There should be no attempts to prevent cops from being called to account. Any attempt to prevent investigations into police actions should be considered as complicity and the person interfering should be added as an accused.
Founder at Aam Janata
Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
Latest posts by Vidyut (see all)
- Open letter to the Chief Justice of India - April 13, 2019
- Nationwide Protest by NREGA workers #NREGASangharshMorcha - March 2, 2019
- Repression of Activists cannot stop the second Kisan Long March - February 16, 2019