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Police action must be informed by national interest; their negative image a challenge: PM Modi

Police action must always be informed by national interest and young police officers must work to improve the image of the police, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. The Prime Minister was interacting with IPS probationers at the Hyderabad Police Academy.

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“In the field, whatever decisions you make, they must be informed by national interest and perspective. The limits of your work may be local, but keeping this talisman will come in handy. You must remember you are also the flag-bearer of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat. So, all your actions must be inspired by the feeling of ‘Nation First, Always First’,” Modi said during the virtual interaction that was also attended by Home Minister Amit Shah.

Appreciating the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for helping people during disasters, Modi wondered why police forces have not been able to command the same respect.

“NDRF instils confidence during the disasters. People think if the NDRF has come, they will be saved. It has earned this confidence and respect through its work. NDRF has so many police officials. But have police forces earned the same respect as NDRF? Why? You know the answer,” Modi said.

“During the pandemic this perception was changing because of the work done by the police. But it is back to square one. Why doesn’t public confidence in policing increase? You sacrifice your life for national security. Yet when policing is talked about, people feel differently. It is your responsibility that this changes. Whether you change the system, or the system changes you will depend upon your training, will power and morale. What is your goal? What are your principles? That will determine how you behave,” Modi said.

Invoking the Dandi March, Modi said police needed to have the same desire for change. “The nation is demanding the same will power in your determination today. At that time the youth of the country fought for Swarajya. Today you have to dedicate yourself to Surajya (good governance). At that time people were ready to die for country’s freedom. Today you have to live for the country,” he said.

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Modi also stressed upon increasing representation of women in police forces. “There has been a constant effort to increase women’s representation in the police forces in the recent past. Along with transparency and accountability, women strengthen the values of politeness and sensitivity in the police force,” he said.

Modi said 25 years later when India completes 100 years of freedom, how strong and well the police force is will depend upon the work that IPS probationers do in their careers.

“You have to build the foundation on which glorious and disciplined India will be erected. The time has chosen you to do this. You have the responsibility of building a modern, effective and sensitive police force. You are on a 25-year mission,” Modi said.

Modi emphasised on meeting modern-day challenges to crime prevention and asked police to focus on cybercrimes. He said states were working on setting up commissionerates in cities with over 10 lakh population and that till date 16 states have implemented this in various cities.

During his interaction with probationers, the PM asked all to use their domain knowledge to improve policing. Depending upon probationers’ hobbies and interests, the PM asked for suggestions to improve policing. He emphasised the need for fitness and developing connect with the public.

To a Chhattisgarh cadre officer, Modi said the police’s job in Maoist zones was not limited to law and order but also taking development to the regions. He asked another female probationer to make it a routine to visit a girls’ school every week and interact with students so that they are inspired to serve the nation.

Source: Indian Express

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