Itanagar, Mar 1: A debate on whether 'police is a service or a force' concluded here yesterday (Feb 28, 2006) with unanimous observations that whether service or force, the uniformed personnel serving the society should have a human face.
Altogether 26 personnel from the rank of constable to Deputy Superintendent of Police of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) through their arguments and counter-arguments placed their views during the two-day debate, organised jointly by the APP and National Human Rights Commission.
Speaking as the chief guest, North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology director Kalyan Kumar stressed on least use of force while serving the community, while DIGP (Headquarters) Dillip Kumar gave a genesis of police in the present context.
State Commission for Woman chairperson Jarjum Ete said the tribal land had its own justice system which gives an offender enough opportunities to get rehabilitated after punishment and people of such land hardly need policemen who have 'vindictive' approach.
"The citizens have surrendered their rights to the government on a promise that it will render good governance to the society and protect them. Thus, use of least force is of paramount importance for the disciplined personnel," said DIGP Manoj Kumar.
The debate reflected a beginning of consensual approach where both the police and the civil society appreciated a closer cooperation, he added.