New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed the 54th DGP & IGP Conference in Pune on 7 & 8 December. Apart from leading the discussions and providing suggestions over the weekend, he addressed the valedictory session of the Conference last evening, 8 Dec. The PM also awarded the President’s police medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
In order to encourage a meaningful exchange of views and experiences, the Conference, which earlier used to be a one day event, was changed to a three day affair starting from 2015. Moreover, the Conference was taken out of Delhi and organized in different parts of the country.
The format of the Conference has also undergone significant changes in terms of the presence of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, in this case Amit Shah.
In the lead up 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.
This year, 11 core groups were formed to hold brain storming sessions on key aspects of internal and external security such as terrorism, naxalism, coastal security, cyber threats, combating radicalization, narco-terrorism, and more.
Recognising the inputs on policy planning and implementation, Modi laid emphasis on emergence of concrete outcomes from the finalized action points.
Appreciating the efforts made by the country’s police forces to maintain general peace and tranquility in the country and ensuring normalcy, Modi said the contributions of their families who stood firmly behind them must not be forgotten.
At all times, he said, they must strive to improve the image of the police force to inspire confidence amongst all sections of society including women and children, and emphasized the role of effective policing in making sure that women feel safe and secure.
Modi urged the heads of police departments to carry forth the spirit of the Conference to the lowest level – from state to District to the thana (police station).
After listening to presentations by various state police forces, the PM mentioned that a comprehensive list of best practices could be prepared and adopted by all the states and Union Territories.
Modi further commented that technology provides an effective weapon to ensure pro-active policing that factors-in the feedback of the common man.
The PM expressed his special interest for the development of North Eastern States which he said is critical for Act East Policy of the Government and urged DGPs of these states to make extra efforts to create a conducive environment for the development programs.
Modi concluded his remarks by recognizing the pulls and pressures confronting the police officer in the day to day discharge of duties. However, he said, whenever they are in doubt they should remember the ideals and the spirit with which they appeared for the civil services exams and continue to work in national interest, keeping in mind the welfare of the weakest and poorest sections of society.
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