In this article for ThePrint, Associate Priya Vedavalli and Senior Analyst Tvesha Sippy look into how unoccupied police posts, inhumane work hours and lack of investigative training affect police pendency.
"The imbalance between the police strength and case pendency must be understood through these three lenses.
First, the process of estimating the sanctioned police force number is unrealistic.... Second, according to a 2012 report by the Law Commission of India, one of the main reasons for police pendency is the poor quality of investigation. This will not be solved simply by adding more personnel. Rather, their roles need to be separated and streamlined...Third, based on our fieldwork and surveys, we found that improving investigative training is not only required but even desired by newly recruited police officers. Police personnel feel that there is not enough emphasis on the practical aspects of police work during their training. Fixing this could help the quality of investigations."
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