The department of police in Pakistan has been suffering due to neglect and mismanagement since a long time. As this has been a provincial matter, with each province managing its own police force; the budget available to the police has also remained at a minimum. While most of the budget, as also in the case of other public institutions is dedicated towards the salaries and pension of the employees the remunerations are also very meager and little or no benefits are available to the police staff. The worsening situation of law and order throughout the country, demands from the authorities, to reform the police on a priority basis. YASIR HAMEED, Islamabad, July 14.