The avalanche of social changes fuelled by the internet and the new social media are fast changing the nature, intensity and the reach of crime. Today, we are also witnessing unprecedented lawlessness and frightening dimensions of global terrorism in many regions of the world, in relative geographical proximity to our country. Technology and globalization have made the delivery of crime and violence possible across the globe with precision and speeds beyond imagination.

There is a new urgency about police reform and strengthening of our grassroots level policing institutions, considering the scourge of terrorism spreading across the globe in relative geographic proximity to our country, apart from domestic policing challenges. Freeing up the police from illegitimate political control, ensuring high standards of professionalism, technological capabilities, police integrity and ethics, and high morale of the force are fundamental to police reform and building trust between police and citizens. This cannot be achieved by policy quick fixes or sporadic training episodes. Transformation is possible through visionary planning and sustained hard work to build a modern, professionally competent police, socially sensitive and always upholding the Rule of Law. Governments, police leadership and civil society should work together. IPF invites views and suggestions from citizens.

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The urgency of strengthening our Criminal Justice System and our grassroots level policing institutions needs no emphasis. The need to prepare our police to deal with the present and emerging challenges and strengthen its investigative capabilities and emergency response infrastructure is critical.

As India makes rapid strides towards becoming an economic and political superpower, our police cannot continue to remain frozen in the frame of a by-gone era.