of Police Officers
police must bear faithful allegiance to the Constitution of
India and respect and uphold the rights of the citizens
guaranteed by it.
police should not question the propriety or necessity of any
law duly enacted. They should enforce the law firmly and
impartially, without fear of favour, malice or vindictiveness.
police should recognize and respect the limitations of their
powers and functions. They should not usurp or even seem to
usurp the functions of the judiciary and sit in judgment on
cases to avenge individuals and punish the guilty.
securing the observance of law or in maintaining order, the
police should, as far as practicable, use the methods of
persuasion, advice and warning. When the application of force
becomes inevitable, only the bare minimum of force required in
the circumstances should be used.
prime duty of the police is to prevent crime and disorder and
the police must recognize that the test of their efficiency is
the absence of both and not the visible evidence of police
action in dealing with them.
police must recognize that they are members of the public,
with the only difference that in the interest of the society
and on its behalf they are employed to give full time
attention to duties which are normally incumbent on every
citizen to perform.
police should realize that the efficient performance of their
duties would be dependent on the extent of ready cooperation
that they receive from the public. This, in turn, will depend
on their ability to secure public approval of their conduct
and actions and to earn and retain public respect and
police should always keep the welfare of the people in mind
and be sympathetic and considerate towards them. They should
always be ready to offer individual service and friendship and
render necessary assistance to all without regard to their
wealth or social standing.
police should always place duty before self, should remain
calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule, and should be
ready to sacrifice their lives in protecting those of others.
police should always be courteous and well mannered; they
should be dependable and impartial; they should possess
dignity and courage; and should cultivate character and the
trust of the people.
of the highest order is the fundamental basis of the prestige
of the police. Recognizing this, the police must keep their
private lives scrupulously clean, develop self-restraint and
be truthful and honest in thought and deed, in both personal
and official life, so that the public may regard them as
exemplary citizens. The police should recognize that their
full utility to the State is best ensured only by maintaining
a high standard of discipline, faithfull performance of duties
in accordance with law and implicit obedience to the lawful
directions of commanding ranks and absolute loyalty to the
force and by keeping themselves in a state of constant
training and preparedness.
members of a secular, democratic State, the police should
strive continually to rise above personal prejudices and
promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst
all the people of India transcending religious, Iinguistic and
regional or sectional diversities and to renounce practices
derogatory to the dignity of women and disadvantaged segments
of the society.