Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Police officer under stress: Causes and Remedies
Author(s): Sandeep Kaur
Abstract: “Animal behavior,” was the unusual language the Supreme Court deployed. The police carry a long and ignominious record of resort to indiscriminate force to quell peaceful protesters, which peaked in the public outrage over the Delhi gang-rape and the death of a journalist in Manipur in 2012. The context for the cryptic remarks was the gruesome lathi-charge on protesting teachers, predominantly women, and the attacks on a woman who sought police intervention in a case of assault. Often, the aims of the political masters the police serve are diametrically opposed to the public interest they are duty-bound to protect in a democracy. Moreover the events such as the Haryana Jat agitation and the mass leave call by the Karanataka Police Mahasangha have brought to light the deficiencies plaguing the Police setup in our country. Challenges faced by the police departmentt like Dysfunctional administrative setup - Their authority has been eroded drastically over the past few years leaving the dept open to excessive political interference. This has hampered their ability to discharge their duties effectively. Frequent Transfers/Postings - A "spoils system" has developed over the past few years which rewards policemen to do the bidding of political executive and penalizes them for non-compliance. This has led to Public Law and Order as a casualty. Cruel working conditions - The Police profession is one of the most challenging and thankless job in the country today. The result is a demotivated force under highly stressful conditions which lead to deteriorating their outputs. In this paper we will discuss the issue in detail.