Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Sunday called for making the police force of the country ‘SMART’ police force which is Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive; Techno-savvy and Trained.
Addressing the 49th Annual Conference of Directors General of Police / Inspectors General of Police and head of all central police organisations in Guwhati, the Prime Minister called upon every police station to create their own website to upload every week a true positive story of good deeds done by the police to change public perception and build positive image of the police among the people.
The Prime Minister urged the officials to focus on building a quality intelligence network which, he said, would ensure minimal use of force. He pointed out that from Chanakya’s time, only those societies which had the most effective intelligence network were considered to be the most secured.
He underlined the need for government hiring a PR firm to hold meetings with Bollywood producers to do films to project positive image of the police force. He alleged that the people have developed a negative image of the police as the media as well as the films show them in poor light despite act that police do many good deeds.
The Prime Minister pointed that while police forces too had shortcomings and there are ways to remove the shortcomings, one negative news on the police is run for long period, which denies the media space to the hundred good things about the police.
Mr. Modi called for a task force to suggest ways to institutionalise the memory of the over 33,000 martyred police personnel, who have laid down their lives in line of duty since independence. “The sacrifices of these police personnel should not go in vain,” he said and urged the state police academies to bring out books in national languages and in state languages containing the stories of their heroic deeds and make it part of the syllabus to inspire the new recruits.
Saying that the police personnel cannot perform well if there is no happiness in their families, the Prime Minister called for undertaking welfare measures of the police personnel and their family members to take care of their healthcare and educational needs of their children.