Stress, apathetic attitude taking toll on policing: Study

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  1. The survey titled ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions’,has been conducted by the NGO Common Cause and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).
  2. The survey found that except for Nagaland,the average working hours of police officers were between 11 and 18 hours.However,the Model Police Act recommends an 8-hour duty.
  3. The study has also found a decline in the total strength of women in the police from 11.4% in 2007 to 10.2% in 2016.
  4. Another important aspect of the study was the political interference in the police investigation with 28% personnel said that pressure from politicians was the biggest hindrance in their investigations.
  5. The study has also said that more than one-third of police personnel would be willing to give up their profession if they were given a chance to join another job with the same salaries and perks.
  6. The survey also found that while the police personnel were sufficiently trained on physical parameters, weaponry and in crowd control but many lacked training on modules of new technology, cybercrime or forensic technology.
  7. The survey has also referred to India’s poor ranking in the Rule of Law Index by the World Justice Project wherein India has been ranked 68th out of 126 countries.