Police are an important component of all modern societies and play their role in maintaining law and order. The police-public partnership is crucial for maintaining police legitimacy and peace in society. Conceivably, understanding the people's expectations of police is an important aspect of police legitimacy. To promote citizen-centric policing, it is important to understand the expectations that citizens have from their police. Previous research demonstrates that youth have more frequent contact with police as compared to other sections of society. A positive youth-police contact requires to understand the youth's expectations of their police. The present study aims to explore the youth's expectations of police in the Lahore district of the Punjab province. In-depth interviews were conducted with 40 University students in Lahore. Thematic analysis revealed that students expect the police to be honest, accountable and fair in their duty. The findings of the study indicate that police legitimacy is characterized by the fair conduct of its personnel.
1-Basharat Hussain Assistant Professor- Acting Chairperson, Department of Sociology, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Tehniyat Fatima Research Associate, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Muhammad Siddique Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Police, Public Expectations, Youth, Accountability, Fairness