Lack of confidence in police a universial problem: Professor

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Patna, Nov 29 (UNI) Hague University professor Dr Rob Ruts today said trust in the law enforcement system was a major concern in every democratic society.

Speaking at a two-day workshop today on 'Networks of policing, practical steps in the enhancement of the provision of public safety and security', organised by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in collaboration with the Academy for Public Management of Safety and Law, Hague University, the Netherlands', Public Governance Dr Ruts said, ''Trust in the police is an issue and lack of trust a univarsal problem. However the police are always part of the much broader public process of policing.'' He maintained that police and policing are different, while the Police is an institution and an instrument of the government in a democratic setup for the purpose of collective safety and security of the people, policing is a symbol of ''Just Society'', which involves social activity in which community participates to ensure consolidation of public safety through efficient administration for the better existence of civil society by ensuring better accessibility of civil liberties to the people.

Elaborating on the theme of the workshop, he also suggested a model on public safety and security dividing it into four segments.

He claimed the public should be the ''stakeholders for the safety and security in the society'' with due professionalism among police personnel.

He also suggested proper networking of police with due reponse level to react with a flexible approach towards different situations while discharging their duties.

He added that the model had been successfully implemented in Europe and North America, while South Africa and Namibia is successfully experimenting with the model.

The goal of the workshop here was to discuss public trust in the police and determine what investments can be made in the police department and policing to ensure better relation between the public and the police, he said.

Earlier, while inaugrating the workshop, Director General of Police(DGP), Bihar, Ashish Ranjan Sinha, said the police administration had evolved over the years. Police has become an instrument of democratic government for the safety and security of public grievances and better image in public domain.

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