A report issued by the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment finds the police as the top most corrupt department followed by the revenue and local government department. In a country where the crime rate is very high and various acts of violence are almost daily occurrences, police corruption underlines at least one of their causes. It is a pity that rather than waking up to its duty of protecting the lives of the citizens the department remains busy in its corrupt practices. However, if the police are not held accountable for their dereliction of duty, the government is to blame for not exercising due vigilance. Not happy with the performance of the local bodies, it has even gone to the extent of abolishing the system from several parts of the country replacing it with the old one. That might prove effective in bringing down the level of corruption but the question is what should the government do to reform the police department, which is responsible for the citizens' security? Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, known as a strict disciplinarian had at one time promised to restructure the department on modern lines to eliminate the thana culture. But that did not happen and as things stand there seems little likelihood that it would. While there is no end to the rising graph of crime the citizens do not like to go to a police station. Their hunch that without greasing the palm nothing could be expected is more often than not borne out. Poor quality of investigation, errant officials, incidents of extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions, torture and, most important, the hostile attitude of men in uniform scare the public away. Under the circumstances there is an urgent need for good governance in all government departments. Mian Shahbaz's dream of eliminating the thana culture could only become a reality if his government mustered up the requisite will to do so.