Questions,,,Questions ..and…Questions. well Gaurav words conjure image and not an impression. The first police to me was the Copper Helmeted Bobby from Noddy goes to the fair, he was something like a figure 8 with a helmet on top, then came Policeman Goon from Enid Blyton, the Inspector Jenkins of Famous five. Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes and Japp from Hercules Piroit, essentially to say them came in all size, shape and flavour the only common factor being they were all fictions.
Wot about da constalubury.
Wot abaht the bloomin’ gavvers.
Waaat aboyt de peelers.
Wa’ about de bussies.
Wha’ abaht t’ police.
Wot abyeut the cop’aas.
Whit abit th’ polis.
So many ways we address the police, we don’t have such variations when it comes to doctors,,, teachers,,, or any other profession. In India we have the Pandus… and Mamu… that’s the kind of respect we give to people who put themselves into danger to ensure our safety.
Then came the Hindi movie genre of police either they are knights in shinning Armour or they have sold their soul to the devil, with no shades of Grey.
The word police came to use in 1589, from middle French Policier, that meant to conduct of public. From there it is being used to control and keep order in an area by the use of police or military forces, sometimes it means making sure that rules and regulations are being followed. It also means the system of laws for effecting such control.
When we mean police we actually mean the personal in the department that police. They are primarily concerned with maintenance of public order, safety and health and enforcement of laws and possessing executive, judicial and legislative powers. It is also the department of government charged with prevention, detection and prosecution of public nuisances and crimes.
The word Police does create a corrupt cop or a romantic movie hero image; it brings the image of people who stay awake so that we sleep peacefully. people who are underpaid, and constantly facing threat. I see people who are helpless because what they are expected to do, and they have to do, is contradictory to what they are ordered to do. I see a set of people who have been hanged without trail by a society that has created the elements they are supposed to rescue the society from.
Yet think of it, People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behave, we may choose to call them police. And police business is hell of problem, it’s a lot like problem, it’s quite much like politics. It asks for the highest type of men and there’s nothing to attract the highest type of men. So we function with what we have..
My experience with police began at the age of 13 when I worked as a traffic assistant to gain Girl Guides point. at college i started getting crank calls and I went to the police and not my parents, Inspector Mumtaz was in charge of the sub-station we only had an outpost at Manipal, within a week the crank call stopped. Narayana Nadumani, the legendary police of Karnataka, if these people made my life secure I also know there are people who called for unnecessary golibar I forget the guys name again in the late seventies.
Yes I would trust most policemen for by and large people are good and responsible if we respect them and let them do their job they will do so. But seriously a recent police study found that you’re much more likely to get shot by a fat cop if you run.”