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Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9.

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Seven Directives at a Glance

The Roadmap to Police Reforms issued in 2006

                                                                                                                           Seven Directives

  1. State Security Commission (SSC): To be constituted as a watchdog body in every state to ensure that the state government does not exercise unwarranted influence or pressure on the state police and for laying down broad policy guidelines to ensure that the state police acts according to the law of the land and the Constitution of the country.
  2. Selection and Minimum Tenure of Director General of Police (DGP): The DGP to be selected by the state government on merit from amongst the panel of three senior-most officers of the Department. The DGP should have a minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation.
  3. Minimum Tenure of I.G. of Police & Other Officers: Police officers on operational duties like Inspector General of Police (IG), Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Superintendent of Police (SP) and Station House Officer (SHO) shall have a prescribed minimum tenure of two years unless it is found necessary to remove them prematurely following disciplinary proceedings, their conviction in a criminal or corruption case or if the incumbent is otherwise incapacitated from discharging his duties.
  4. Police Establishment Board (PEB): To be constituted in each state to decide all transfers, postings, promotions and other service-related matters of officers of and below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). The state government may interfere with decision of the board in exceptional cases only after recording its reasons for doing so.

  5. Police Complaints Authority (PCA): To be constituted at the district level to look into complaints against police officers of and up to the rank of DSP. Similarly, there should be another Police Complaints Authority at the state level to look into complaints against officers of the rank of SP and above.
  6. National Security Commission (NSC): To be constituted by the central government at the union level to prepare a panel for being placed before the appropriate appointing authority, for selection and placement of chiefs of the Central Police Organisations (CPO), who should also be given a minimum tenure of two years. The commission would also review from time to time measures to upgrade the effectiveness of these forces, improve the service conditions of its personnel, ensure that there is proper coordination between them and that the forces are generally utilised for the purposes they were raised and make recommendations in that behalf.

Volume: XXXVI No. 4
October December, 2017