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Dr. U.N.B. Rao,
Member-Secretary,Police Act Drafting Committee,Ministry of Home Affairs,Government of India.
Dear Dr. Rao,Model Police Act, 2006
The Police Act Drafting Committee, set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs,had invited the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) to beassociated with the discussions and drafting of the Model Police Act. Itwas heartening to see that the Committee appointed by the governmentrecognised the importance of including a human rights organisation in itsdeliberations.CHRI welcomes the Model Police Act, 2006, which aims to provide apolice service
and not a force
institutionalise best practices in policing, including mechanisms thatassure operational autonomy of the police, but at the same time temperthe autonomy through enhanced accountability to a civilian oversightagency. Other ideas of evaluating the performance of the police againstset criteria, providing adequate and regular training and improving theservice conditions of junior officers are also praiseworthy.Nevertheless, CHRI has concerns about certain provisions in the differentchapters of the Model Act, and especially grave reservations to the
Policing in the Context of Public
large parts of which are in the nature of an emergencycontd..
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