25 January, 2021

OPINION | Delhi Police Had Brilliant Officers, It's Missing Good Leadership Now

There was a time when other states sent officers to learn from Delhi Police. The signs are disturbing, writes Ravi Pawar, a former Indian Information Service officer

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OPINION | Delhi Police Had Brilliant Officers, It's Missing Good Leadership Now

Over the past few weeks, I have been disturbed by the ­abject surrender of the Delhi Police leadership before the political leadership, with its image as the country’s most modern police force taking a nosedive. I have worked with 12 police commissioners of Delhi as PRO between 1983 and 2006. I have seen many officers of other state police forces coming to Delhi to gain experience on professional policing. Delhi Police had become a model police for the other states.

Recently, policemen, including senior officers, were assaulted by lawyers at the Tis Hazari courts. The policemen and their families protested before the police HQ, looking up to their seniors to lead them in petitioning the government for doing something so they do not have to face a similar situation again. Police and lawyers had also clashed in 1988, when Kiran Bedi was DCP of the area. Lawyers protested for months for action against Bedi, but the police leadership under Ved Marwah stood firm behind her and nothing worth mentioning happened to her. Earlier, in the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh...



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