In an endeavor to encourage improved police-public relationship, the police in India is taking serious concern to launch initiatives for safer societies through joint collaboration of the police and the people. Police-public relationship in India has been distant and strained as the police carries the colonial legacy of being repressive and authoritative. Further, there is a deep-set inhibition in the minds of the people about political interference and dominance in policing. Moreover, Community Policing in India took a late start off and still now operates at the level of a few programmes and not as a philosophy embedded in the minds of the police or the people. To win over the trust and cooperation of the people, it is important to have a 'people's police' and at the same time to ensure public involvement we need to have an empowered 'police's people' instead of programmes taken up mechanically. The present study is an appraisal by the people of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Odisha about the nature of police-public relationship in the city.
Volume 11 | 11-Special Issue