People's Police or Police's People ? : An Appraisal of Police-Public Collaboration By the Populace of Bhubaneswar, India.
A developing city, Bhubaneswar is showing rapid increase in inflow of people mainly students and professionals from different parts of India. The police in Bhubaneswar has undertaken the uphill task of initiating community policing in the recent past to bond with the society and thereby build healthy sustainable communities. Greater public safety and secure social environment can be reared if and only if, the police empower the people of Bhubaneswar through collaborative policing. This study assesses the views of the people of Bhubaneswar about the police and the involvement of the people and the police in community services. It evaluates the awareness and interest of the people about community policing in Bhubaneswar and explores the role of ICTs in making the collaborative efforts thriving.