It a matter of pride for the editorial team to place the second edition of the Haryana Police Journal in your hands. The collection of articles in this issue covers a variety of topics related to police and authored by lawyers, professors, police officers and even some by students. Some may wonder about the relevance of academic journals in this age of internet and information at fingertips. However, the fact is that academic journals are still perceived as an important and robust method of publishing despite innovations in communication (blogs, monographs and other creative ways of communicating in the 21st century
There can be no doubt that the transformation of police in the West has come about in large part due to systematic research on the subject. The rigor of social science research was applied to police organizations and practices, which was apt as police research is mostly behavioral rather than jurisprudential. The methods included not only ethnographies and qualitative work by the likes of Skolnick and Manning, but also surveys, participant observations, and randomized controlled trials such as the Kansas City preventive patrol experiment.
This journal aims to serve as the forum of researchers for the presentation of new research works, and evaluation of existing works of research. Its principal goal is to distribute knowledge of the most recent vintage or latest researches and breakthroughs. This could provide valuable insights for practitioners in the field. Some well-regarded standard practices or beliefs could even be debunked as new findings could provide alternative explanations for specific crimes or other events like law and orders situations.
These are challenging times for the police in India as well as Haryana police. The country is taking its rightful place in the comity of nations as the largest democracy on earth. The role of police in preserving the rule of law has become one of critical importance. The same has been recognized by the Prime Minister of India when he called upon the police to become SMART, i.e. sensitive and strict; modern with mobility; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; t- trained and techno-savvy.
The role of the police is not only vast but is also expanding. To handle the large number of service requests from citizens and to approach law and order issues, there is a need for a holistic approach. This means that problems must be identified, and stakeholders need to be determined. Once all concerned work in sync, there are better chances of achieving success in resolving these issues. There is amazing amount of good work done by officers in the field. However, that work is not documented at times and the effort is not sustained. The experience gained through these initiatives can help achieve the desired goals of the criminal justice system. Sometimes, a new approach to critically analyse an issue is needed due to new judicial pronouncements from the courts or due to change in larger social conditions.
This edition of the Haryana police journal contains articles exploring such new avenues of thinking and encourages readers to gain relevant knowledge about latest developments. The writings cover a wide range of topics including white collar crimes, claims to juvenility, lessons from corporate governance, serial homicide, hotspots analysis techniques, mental health issues among police officers, and the role of the now famous policing technique of CompStat, first used in New York City and later in other cities, for preventive policing. The unifying thread of all writings is the achievement of the objectives of the criminal justice system of providing timely justice, development of SMART police, and to develop the professional knowledge base of police sciences in India.
"Dr Hanif Qureshi"