About the BookThis book is a collection of fourteen lengthy well researched essays and an equal number of short journalistic pieces on the type of police organisation that exists today and the quality of policing that is being done in the country. The essays are on different topics but the basic theme running through them is that the police in the country function less to serve the rule of law and more to secure the interests of the dominant group or regime in power. The initiatives to reform the police have failed because those who control the system lack the will to reform it. They have abused it and are responsible for the large number of ills that now threaten to destroy the system. The existing system is unacceptable. It has resulted in subverting the rule of law and in obstructing the growth of a healthy and professional system of policing. It must change. The need for police reform is now too important to be neglected and too urgent to be delayed. It is to promote debate on this idea that has guided the publication of this book of essays on the subject of policing in India.About the Author/sG.P. Joshi joined the police way back in sixties after doing his graduation from St. Stephens College and post-graduation from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
He worked in three organisations—Tripura Police, Border Security Force and the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, from where he retired in the post of Director.
Most of his career was spent on doing research work on problems of importance and concern to the police and other agencies of the criminal justice system. In recognition of his contributions made in the field of police research, the Government of India awarded him the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
After retirement, he worked for a few months as an Advisor to the Center for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi and then joined the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an international NGO based in New Delhi. He started the CHRI’s Police Reforms programme, designed its broad contours and directed it to reach a point where the CHRI came to be recognised as the most prominent NGO working in the field of police reforms in India and other commonwealth countries—a reputation which it still enjoys.
Mr. Joshi has written extensively on issues relating to police and related subjects. His articles and research papers have been published in newspapers and journals both in India and abroad.