- The object of police.
- The duty of the public.
- Educate the police and the public.
The object of police:
That the object of police is merely service of the people and country, is ordinarily ignored by the public. Neither do the police try to render this service in a spirit of fraternity and good will, nor the public takes them as guardians of public order and peace.
People hate police machinery because they take it as an unnecessary check on their liberty. They nurse grudges against it because it does not let them do what they like. They think that policemen investigate crime in the wrong spirit. They do not have the idea of public order and commonwealth at heart. They employ ruthless methods in crime detection. The treatment shown to the public is ordinarily impolite and disrespectful. They are rarely approached in a courteous manner. They are mostly commanded in a very insulting way. That the police is usually impolite when dealing with the public is a well-known fact. It would very much be to the advantage of law and order if the police were trained in good manners before taking their position. Behavior and manners count a great deal in society. And especially where the public and the police are concerned good manners will go a long way towards mutual understanding.
The duty of the public:
It is as much the duty of the public to observe law as it is of the police to teach law. And if both try to do their duties in a courteous and fraternal manner public peace will suffer far less.
The public must learn to observe law if they are to live in an orderly and peaceful atmosphere. If every one was allowed to do anything our society would collapse in no time. To enjoy anything well we must invariably keep in mind the sense of proportion whenever we cross that frontier we may never be sure of escaping from a fall. And it is quite possible that we may involve other too in that fall. We must, therefore, learn to restrain our impulses and do everything within limits. It is the duty of a good citizen to live within the boundaries of law-which is the commonest measure of agreement between impulse and common sense. Whereas it is the duty of the public to observe this code of social behavior, it is the duty of the police to help the public in a polite and effective manner to do it.
Educate the police and the public:
As soon as this t-understanding is reached between the police and the public much of the present ill-will disappear. It is only due to lack of education on both sides. With a gradual intellectual development of Pakistan society, we may hope that the police and the public together will realize that their aim should be to serve one another as members of society.