The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has commissioned a pan India survey of police services to gauge the perception of public about the country’s police forces.
The union home affairs ministry has mandated the Bureau of Police Research and Development for the ‘All India Citizens Survey of Police Services’ survey, which would be conducted through the New Delhi-based National Council of Applied Economic Research.
The survey is aimed at strengthening good governance practices in the working of police and adding to the host of initiatives by the Centre to facilitate the efforts of the states in providing citizen centric police services.
A globally accepted way to assess the impact of such endeavours is a holistic analysis of services rendered to the public, through perception surveys conducted by independent agencies. It would seek to understand popular perceptions about police, gauge the level of non-reporting of crimes/incidents, position on ground relating to crime reporting & recording, timeliness and quality of police response, and to assess citizens’ perception and experience about women and children’s safety.
The survey will commence in March, 2019 and cover a representative sample of 1,20,000 households spread over 173 districts in India, based on the National Sample Survey (NSS) framework. It would be completed in 9 months.