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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.
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What types of technology were employed?
(1) Increased telephone (cellular) and personal computer and access to Internet
i. Village cell and computer cooperative with hotline to link for help
ii. Cities offering free wireless connection to everyone
iii. Using the computer as cell phone to get rid of cost (I.E. SKYPE)
(2) Improved in Health care systems
* Cheaper medicine and drugs and treatments
(3) Decreased Environmental Equipment polluting air, water, and land
(4) Improved Transportation and Roads to decrease congestion and have lower tolls
2. What fields were present?
(1) Transportation/Civil Servant (Brazil) – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
(2) Mayor (Argentina) – POLITICIAN
(3) Senior Law Enforcement Officer in Private Sector (Pakistan) – CIVIL RIGHTS
(4) Advisor of Development organization in National or International org. (Bangladesh or other country) - HR ACTIVIST
(5) Project Manager for NGO in Environmental Protection (Australia)
(6) Appellate Court Judge (Sierre Leone) - LEGAL/CIVIL
3. What barriers to implementation were encountered?
(1) Paramilitary force
(3) Corruption of Courts
(4) Access to information and training
(5) Environmental Pollution
(6) High human rights violations and lack of confidence in legal, political, economic, and social systems
4. How were the barriers overcome?
(1) Improved distribution of wealth by revisiting
(2) Developed leadership skills through training to use phone and computers
(3) Improved access to credits and grant for technology access (women access to telephone and computer) to improve business skills
(4) Established exchange conversation between judges
(5) Educated and sensitized judges and law enforcement to change attitudes
(6) Connected cars via a satellite which regulated congestion, so traffic jams will be non-existent and tolls were lower.