The recent horrific incident in Peshawar has made evident the treatment which is being extended to the police department. The mentioned incident involves an officials son unleashing dogs on a police constable for damaging his car, while he was also probably deputed illegally. This sorry state of police is prevalent throughout the country, as there is no respect for the law and the institutions present to uphold it. As a concerned citizen, it is my appeal to the relevant authorities to initiate reforms within the police, so they can not only function at their maximum level but also gain the trust and respect of the citizens. HASSAN BASHIR, Islamabad, November 21.