Kiran Bedi on Young Sub-inspectors in Delhi Police(one side to it)

The Young officer does not know when he will be able to go back home. He does not know when his day will be over. As soon as he reports to the police station for the posting, he gets a huge number of case files of predecessors who got transferred elsewhere. So he begins with the arrears from his day one. He does not know what has been recorded in case files so far, but he becomes responsible for all the errors of omission and commission. Alongside, he get new cases for investigation every day. He has no assistant. He does not even get enough time to investigate, as there is no separation of investigation duties from law and order work. His whole day is spent in courts(which insist on his presence), with the prosecution branch(which repeatedly calls him), visits to Doctors(who also expect repeat visits), and the forensic science laboratories(which exercise great discretion). He has to conduct inquiries on a number of complaints received daily at the police station, attend law and order duties(demonstrations/possessions/VIP routes), be on emergency duties, and even do night or day patrolling. He has no official transport. He does it all on his own scooter. On his return to the police station, his SHO(Station House Officer) questions him about what he has done the whole day. He is asked about the cases pending with him, because the SHO has to answer to his own seniors. He, therefore, rushes to complete his case files, at times contrary to rules, in order to meet the deadlines. Alongside, he spends money out of his own pocket for meeting investigation costs, some legitimate some not. He gets no advance money even when sent on outstation duties. To recoup his own money, he has to prepare still more papers and answer many queries. Often, he just gives up. The experienced young officers do not even ask for reimbursements. They make the complainant or someone else pay. For any wrong detected, the young officer can give no excuse. He gets punished.


Taken from ‘Indian Police… As I See’ by Kiran Bedi


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