Make Delhi Police a model for other states: PM asks HM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asked the Home Ministry to make Delhi Police a model for other state forces to follow by taking steps like friendly policing.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Tuesday asked the Home Ministry to make Delhi Police a model for
other state forces to follow by taking steps like friendly
policing.
He also stressed on the need to revamp the functioning
of police stations and policemen across the country to
strengthen internal security mechanism.

"We cannot continue to police our society with archaic
laws and policing systems. We are aware that many police
commissions have made various recommendations on police
reforms. I urge the states to seriously look into this
aspect," he said.

"I would like the Ministry of Home Affairs to carry
forward this exercise to its logical conclusion in the Union
Territory of Delhi during the coming years so that Delhi
Police becomes a model for other state police forces to
emulate," Prime Minister said.

"While the central and the state intelligence agencies
are at work, we need to recognise a very significant fact that
the best, actionable and prompt intelligence on internal
security often comes from the police stations.
"But people will come forth to give information to the
local policeman, only when they see him as a friend. We need
to closely examine the functioning of police stations and
bring forth changes to make policemen truly people friendly,"
he said while inaugurating Chief Ministers conference on
internal security here.

The Prime Minister said, "We need to take three
pronged action on community policing, police reforms and
informed use of technology respectively to make this happen."

He asked the Centre and the states to work together to
formulate guidelines for community policing.

"Bridging the gap of mistrust that exists between the
police and community will go a long way in collecting
actionable intelligence. This also brings me to the idea of
involving the academia and professionals, who are experts in
the field of data mining and cyber security, in policing,"
Singh added.

PTI

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