PEOPLE FRIENDLY POLICE

Along with some of my friends, I went to Gujarat for my one month of internship. We went to an organization called “Youth 4 Gujarat”, situated in Surat. We did many activities there in collaboration with the agency. And quite a number of the activities were with the police department of Surat city. In general, we observe that the relationship between the common people and the police department of an area is not very good. People always want to keep themselves away from police related matters. Even if a person needs any help from the police, he does not feel comfortable to approach the police. This may be because of the image that the people have towards them. Whatever the reason, it is usually seen that the relationship among these two is very weak. But, during my fieldwork in Gujarat, I had a totally different experience. It was very surprising to see that the police there are like friends of the common people there. People are very comfortable in taking help from the police. Even in many cases, it is the police department itself that is coming forward to help the people, and that also not only in the bigger problems or crime related problems, but also in the day to day problems of the individuals. This is a very unique experience that I had during my internship. The police department is coming up with programs like “Jeevan Astha Help Line”, “Kutumb Sahaita Kendra”, etc. to help the common people . Police is for the common people. Their job is to protect the common people from any kind of harm or disturbance. And for that, a strong relationship is very much needed among these two. The initiavites that I observed in my fieldwork was really great and these types of processes should be implemented everywhere…

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