New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday asked Delhi Police to take it upon themselves to inspire their station house officers (SHOs) and constabulary to demonstrate integrity in their day-to-day dealings.
"If the perception about Delhi Police has to change, dishonesty of any kind, has to become anathema for the Delhi Police. This can be done only if pride is restored in the uniform," Jung said as he asked them to arrive at the best solutions to do so through a process of churning and deep introspection.
Referring to a recent circular issued by the Commissioner of Police regarding policemen not being authorised to check unauthorised construction, Jung said such stray acts damage the reputation of police and demoralise others who take pride in their work.
Jung urged the senior officers to ensure that they must not let any case of bullying, extortion or any other form of corruption go unchecked. He asked them to display administrative control over personnel at their command.
The Lieutenant Governor said while punishment helps curb problems, it does not provide for long term solutions. He said that if one has to arrive at systemic solutions, then it must be mandated upon the senior officers of Delhi Police to inspire their constabulary to raise their moral standards.
Giving example of Mahatma Gandhi, Jung said, "Repression doesn't bring about change in the world, moral force does." He also said that the "Thana-level committees" must be more active and the field officers must maintain good contact with the people's representatives.
He held a meeting with Commissioner of Police (CP) B S Bassi, Special CPs, Joint CPs and deputy CPs at the Raj Niwas today.
Bassi informed Jung Delhi Police have taken up the task of truthfully lodging FIRs, which is reflected in the upward curve seen in registration of cases.