Getting the Police You Want

Practitioners associated with the Governance and Justice Group have been working on police reform in a number of South Asian countries. Because of a common historic legacy, the opportunities and challenges for policing are often similar in the region. Many reports have been written on this, but few have been able to explain the issues as well as this clip does. It narrates the story of police reform in India, describing how colonial-era laws continue to influence the functioning of the police as a force and not a service meant for the public. The video also explains, in about four minutes, how the recent Supreme Court directives might provide pathways for meaningful reform. Thanks to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi for making the video, and to Rupert Beford for sharing it.