It has been observed in recent times that citizens have been reluctant to cooperate with the police. This is due to the mistrust which exists between the police and community. This mistrust has only served the purpose of criminal and terrorist elements, deteriorating further the already appalling law and order situation of the country. A common individual tends to avoid contact with police and prefers not to assist the security apparatus. It is important that the department of police should engage in restoring the trust of citizens and improving their repute. Without the assistance of the people it is very difficult, perhaps even impossible to restore and maintain law and order. YASIR HAMEED, Islamabad, July 1.