DGP Favours Skill Upgrade

DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma said that in today’s dynamic and fast changing world, new forms of crimes like cyber crime and cyber security have come to centre stage and police needs to upgrade its skills with use of new modern gadgets and technology.

While inaugurating the State Senior Police Officers Meet here expressed the importance of use of latest technological innovations, like, introduction of e-office in State Police Headquarters as well as in the Range and District officers to make them paperless and faster movement of file on line bringing transparency and optimum use of manpower.
He informed that it has been decided to introduce at least one model police station in each district which will be ideal in all aspects of its functioning.
Dr.Sharma today congratulated the force in tackling left wing extremism in the state but said it needed to evolve new strategies as the problem continues.
The problem (LWE) still exists and Odisha Police need to evolve the strategies against the naxals, he said and asked police officers not to be complacent. "The police has done a wonderful job in tackling the LWEs. We cannot rest till there is a decade of absolute naxal free incidents in the State," Dr.Sharma said inaugurating the 60th Senior Police Officers’ Conference here.
Nine CRPF personnel were killed during the day after Maoists blasted their mine protected vehicle using over 50 kgs of explosives in Sukma district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The DGP said that policemen need to upgrade their skill by using modern gadgets and technology in view of the new forms of crime in the fast changing scenario.
Referring to the modernisation of the force in the State, Dr.Sharma said each district will have a model police station. The features of model police station would be best infrastructure, logistics, skilled manpower, high rate of conviction, effective crime control and quality as well as expeditious investigations. "We will accord a police station the status of model police station after examining the parameters. Adequate manpower will be supplied to the model police stations," he said.
On the shortage of manpower in police, Sharma said there was nearly 35 per cent shortage of sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors and the proposal for recruitment of additional manpower for the force is being considered by the Government.
Dr Sharma called upon the young Police officers to actively participate in the debates, discussions and interactive programmes in the conference. The issues and challenges relevant to contemporary policing have been carefully studied and chosen as topics of discussion in the conference, he added.  
The DGP emphasised on people friendly police stations, ethical behaviour in policing, effective use of social media, critical incident management  community policing, modern policing, maximum restraint and minimum force dictum, free  registration of cases in the police stations, improvement in conviction rate, charge-sheeting of cases where there is sufficient and credible evidence, personal monitoring of critical cases by SsP and Range Heads, provision of compensation to victims as per rule, maintenance of high level of professionalism, inculcation of right values etc.  
Dr.Sharma pointed out serious rethink on the changing paradigm of modern policing and the need to re-orient strategies to adopt with time.

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