Pitfalls of Law Enforcement
Ved Marwah
POLICING DELHI: URBANIZATION, CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT by O.P. Mishra Oxford University Press, 2012, 269 pp., 545
January 2012, volume 36, No 1

The task of policing in Delhi is far more complex than any metropolitan city in India. The author, a serving police officer in Delhi, has done an excellent job of telling his readers why it is so. He has analysed in detail the nature of policing the largest city and capital of the country in the background of its history and problems peculiar to it. Delhi is the oldest and the largest city in the country. The chapter on the Seven Cities of Delhi and the patterns of policing makes for fascinating reading.

Delhi is the fastest growing metropolis in the country. It has grown from less than a million at the time of Independence to about fifteen million today. From a sleepy capital it has become a bustling industrial and commercial centre. It attracts people from all over the country looking for employment or for bettering their prospects. Mishra has analysed in some detail the multi-dimensional and complex challenges faced by the Delhi Police.

This includes dealing with all types of law and order problems, organized crime, terrorism and high grade security to the many VIPs and the diplomatic community. Influx of huge migrant lpopuation due to uneven economic and social development in different parts of the country adds to Delhi Police’s woes. Mishra has made full use of available crime and case study data and empirical surveys to support the conclusions based on his personal experience. He has been quite frank in expressing the many infrastructural limitations and constraints in policing this huge city.

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