Policing: Past, Present, and Future: Carnegie India and Tata Trusts presents a series of webinars that feature crucial stakeholders, experts, and policymakers, as they examine the Indian police establishment and its role in society and the criminal justice system.
Around the world, and through history, attempts at improving policing have been undertaken against the backdrop of numerous transformations.For instance, police reforms in Northern Ireland were catalyzed by the signing of the 1998 Good Friday agreement after decades of sectarian violence. In South Africa, it was the end of Apartheid and a constitutional moment that brought about change, while in England it was the killing of Stephen Lawrence that highlighted the maltreatment of minority communities at the hands of the police. In India, Kerala presents an improved model of policing, while national protests demanding better safety for women and police reforms were brought about by the Nirbhaya incident.What kind of events hold the potential to be disruptive junctures, and how does the process of police reform get initiated? What are the lessons we can draw from various global experiences—both on how to and how not to go about bringing reform?
For our third webinar under the Policing: Past, Present and Future series, we hosted Jacob Punnoose, Raj Kohli, and Elrena van der Spuy, who explored the different reasons that catalyzed change in policing practices and cultures around the world, and lessons that could be drawn from these. The discussion was moderated by Maja Daruwala.
This webinar series seeks to build on the traction garnered by Tata Trusts' India Justice Report, a first of its kind comparative study of the capacity of the justice system across states. Read the full report here.