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Police service not just another job: Former Commissioner

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 11:30

Mumbai: The city’s much admired former police commissioner Julio Ribeiro, released his autobiography, Bullet for Bullet, at the Azad Maidan Police Station’on Wednesday. First published by Penguin in 2000, the book is being republished by the Pune based Chinar Publishers in both English and Marathi. “I was asked why are you doing this release? I just wanted more copies frankly. People would ask me about my book and there were no copies available. This book was published 15 years ago by Penguin. They had removed names like Vilasrao Deshmukh and others. I was prepared to get into trouble, but they weren’t,” he said, to much laughter from the audience.

Addressing the large number of young police men and women in the audience, Mr Ribeiro said, “We have a problem with new recruits. They all want to get rich. How do you get rich? How much of that can you do legally? In the police its a big problem today.” Mr Ribeiro then impressed upon the young police persons the importance of asking, “you have to ask why do you join the police service? Is it just another job that lets you earn? Service means servant but the whole approach of government servants is that they are masters. That is something that we have to constantly try to change. We should not forget that the police is the first point in providing justice. People come to the police because they have a problem. It’s a great injustice therefore if we instead add to their problems.”

Mr Ribeiro’s speech which was often peppered with laughter and warm applause from the audience, also said, “Everybody wants justice. Nobody here who does not want justice. But do you give justice to others? Police does not like to be treated unfairly. Do you treat others fairly? That’s the question to ask.” Pravin Dixit, Director General Police, Maharashtra, and also the chief guest at the event said, “I remember the period in 86-87 when the government of India was not sure if Punjab will remain in India. At the time there were killings and grenade attacks everyday. Even the police was in panic and we did not know how or where a solution will come. Just then he emerged and took control of the situation and restored peace. He is the Maharshi of India”