Only 37 of these respondents (around 6%) did not have negative feelings about this word. Out of these 20 felt that the word invokes feeling of safety, security in them while 9 had genuine concern for policemen and their pitiable condition, where 2 of them mentioned Aamir Khan's Satyameva Jayate for having changed their perception. 7 of them think of khaki when they hear the word police. To another the word is synonymous with Vinod Khanna of Satyamev Jayate.
To renowned advocate Shanti Bhushan the word means atrocity on the poor people, to financial journalist Sucheta Dalal it means fear and worry about corruption, to Arun Bharat Ram, Chairman of SRF Limited it means Incompetence, to Supreme Court senior advocate Shishir Kumar Dholakia it means fear and to Pushkar Raj, former General Secretary, PUCL it means a smug, not well dressed, overworked person.
Interestingly even to DG rank IPS officers Praveen Singh and Vijay Kumar, this word correlated with dishonesty and ill-behaviour.
Indians living in America and Europe seem to have better perception of police there feeling safety and help etc. One of the respondents said that police is still honest compared to other departments while another felt that the word Police brings to his mind the need for reforms.