Almost in every big city, we can see a figure standing at road crossings. He is the custodian of public peace and safety. He bears on his shoulders the heavy responsibility of maintaining law and order. He is the main part of the administrative machinery of the government.
He has fixed hours of duty and during these hours, he is strictly forbidden to leave his post. Besides maintaining peace and order, he has to control the traffic that passes through the point. He is authorized to stop a vehicle and let another pass. For this, he merely raises his hand and the vehicles stop. When he raises his hand parallel to his shoulders, it is a sign for the vehicles to pass. In this way, we can see that he has a busy life full of responsibilities. He has to keep a cool head and a sound judgment. He has to keep a sharp eye and a quick hand.
Any hesitation or delay on his part may cause an accident. In order to discharge his duties, a policeman must be strong, active and mentally sound. He must feel that his duty is to help a law abiding person and to check a problem creator.
He is a public servant whose duty is to see that laws and rules of the State are enforced in the proper way.
By the above account, it must be clear that a policeman, though a low paid servant of the State, is very useful to the society and a symbol of terror to the criminals. If he is honest, sincere and impartial, he is respected everywhere.
Generally, it is seen that he does not discharge his duties honestly. The reason is that he is not adequately paid though he combines in him a watchman, a keeper of peace and a controller of traffic.
It is, therefore, the duty of the State to give him a good salary, so, that a honest policeman may do his duties well.