Guwahati: Emphasising on 'non-coercive' policing in the city, the first Guwahati Police Commissioner Jyotirmoy Chakravarty has said improving police-public relations would be his priority.
The success of policing is centred around police-public relation and is the 'basic necessity' for better results, Chakravarty told PTI.
"Guwahati Police's philosophy will be non-coercive policing. We have to ensure law enforcement by consent, not by force. This is going to be a long-term goal," he said.
Accepting that the image of police is not 'very good' in Assam, Chakravarty said not only the attitude of police has to change but the behaviour of people towards policemen also needs to improve.
"While we will internally work with our men in this direction, we will engage NGOs to make the public understand about self-policing for personal benefit. We will tie up with the groups to tell people that the police force is a friend of people," he said.
Chakravarty said the police commissionerate system introduced in the city a month ago needed to work on a lot on many areas, including integration of different technologies for better investigation purposes.
"We have lots of challenges, the major being the lack of infrastructure. It (commissionerate) is a new system and we need to work out the procedure. We will also need orientation for our men as it is not going to be traditional policing as most of our senior officials have magisterial power now. It will take around six months to fully settle down," he added.