MUniversity of Minnesota

April 10, 2005

Story Tech I: Police in Pakistan

It is the year 2015 and I am living in Pakistan and working as a senior law enforcement officer for the police department.

A public policy issue affecting development in Pakistan of importance to me is: police accountability.

There have been tremendous development advances in this area in the last ten years. Please describe the situation as though you were in the year 2015 looking backward to 2005. What happened? The civil society has grown stronger. Watch dog groups have emerged as a force to be reckoned with, which resulted in the community's partipation in matters relating to police accountability.

Innovative uses of technology have made a significant contribution to success in this area. As you look back over the past 10 years, from 2015 to 1005, what were the innovative uses of technology that helped to achieve this success?

Because of the free civil society, the media, legislature, non-governmental control emerged, resulting in better accountability of police. This all happened because of the institutionalized participation of community in police matters, especially those relating to discipline.

Describe the barriers that had to be overcome regarding the implementation of these technologies. What were the key practical barriers, such as: infrastructure, policy, capacity to obtain financing, the knowledge base, installation, training, and maintaining the technologies?

Introductuion of police resource which made police politically neutral, democratically controlled and answerable to public. Previously it was a para-military force answerable to government in power, not the community.

How did you overcome these barriers? The complete system of police was overhauled through reforms, which focused on making police politically neutral, democratically controlled, and answerable to the public.

Posted by chri1010 at April 10, 2005 1:15 AM