Police Autonomy in their Functioning: A Socio-Legal Study with special reference to Kamrup(M) District of Assam

  • Dr. Ranjit Sil and Roseleen Deori
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  • Dr. Ranjit Sil

    Assistant Professor at Department of Law, NEHU, Shillong, India

  • Roseleen Deori

    Research Scholar at Department of Law, NEHU, Shillong, India

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Autonomy in policing is pivotal in upholding the rule of law and ensuring effective law enforcement. A police force that operates with a degree of independence can carry out its duties impartially, free from external influence or political pressures, thereby safeguarding citizens' rights and maintaining public safety. Autonomy empowers the police to make professional decisions, enhance accountability, and maintain transparency in their operations, ultimately fostering public trust and engagement. This trust is essential for community cooperation and support, which, in turn, leads to a safer, more just, and orderly society, where the principles of justice and the rule of law are upheld. In the context of the Prakash Singh case, the importance of autonomy in policing is exemplified as a means to address longstanding challenges in the Indian policing system. The case underscored the critical need for police forces to function independently, free from political interference, and with the authority to make professional decisions. This autonomy is essential not only to ensure a fair and impartial application of the law but also to maintain public trust and engagement, ultimately contributing to a more effective and accountable law enforcement system in India. This research paper delves into the functioning of the police in Kamrup District, Assam, with a particular focus on their autonomy.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 4008 - 4020

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117882

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