New Delhi: The 54th DGPs & IGPs Conference was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday, 6 December. This year the Conference is being held in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the Conference, where he laid emphasis on emergence of concrete outcomes from the finalized action points and spoke about naxalism, terrorism and security.
Delivering the inaugural address, Amit Shah termed it a “Vaicharik Kumbh,” where the top police officials of the country come together on one platform and formulate policy decisions pertaining to national security.
Shah appreciated police forces across the country for their good work and paid homage to police martyrs. Announcing the Government’s plans to set up an All India Police University and All India Forensic Science University, with affiliated colleges in the States, he underscored the Government’s resolve to initiate changes in the IPC and CrPC to make them more conducive to today’s democratic set up.
The Home Minister also awarded trophies for best Police Stations to the Station House Officers of Aberdeen (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Balasinore (Gujarat) and AJK Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh).
The Conference deliberated on a gamut of policing and security issues, including border protection, the linkage of narcotics and terrorism, upgrades of forensic capability, threat from radicalisation in the digital era, and evidence-based policing. While specific cases were highlighted, roadmaps for implementation of key recommendations were also framed.
Since 2014, the DGsP & IGsP Conference has been taken to various parts of the country, including Guwahati (North East), Kevadia (Gujarat) and Tekenpur (Madhya Pradesh) in the past.
The format of the Conference has also undergone significant changes in terms of duration and the presence of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister.
Prior to the Conference, Committees of DGPs are established to formulate the contours of presentations, which are on contemporary security threats. Additionally, during the Conference, break-out sessions are held to further refine policy issues.
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