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PM harps on ‘SMART’ police force
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 30 – Making a strong pitch for enhancing police efficiency and credibility, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the time has come to transform the men-in-khaki into a ‘SMART Police’ force.

Elaborating, Modi, who was addressing the concluding day’s inaugural session of the 49th Annual Conference of DGPs/IGPs at the Administrative Staff College, said that ‘SMART’ stood for ‘Strict and Sensitivity’, ‘Modern and Mobility’, ‘Alert and Accountable’, ‘Reliable and Responsible’, and ‘Tech-savvy and Trained.’

The Prime Minister said that modernization of police was an urgent need in view of the mounting challenges posed to India’s security and integrity by internal and external forces inimical to the country’s interests.

“What we need today is a SMART police force so that our brave men in uniform can meet the growing challenges confronting us. While it has to be unrelenting in discharging its responsibilities, it must have, at the same time, a human, people-friendly face as well. It needs to be both strict and sensitive,” he said.

Drawing from Chanakya’s Arthashastra, Modi laid emphasis on the qualities of those wielding weapons, saying that the man was more important than the machine. “Every system should have life in it, and never be robotic,” he said.   

Lauding the role played by police over the decades, Modi said that the nation’s integrity had remained intact largely due to the presence of such a dedicated force of police and intelligence agencies.

“Indian police has been playing a stellar role in safeguarding the country’s security. Some 33,000 men in uniform have given up their lives in the line of duty since Independence. This is a huge sacrifice that has seldom been acknowledged,” he said.

He also announced that the Government would set up a Police Memorial in New Delhi to honour the valour of the policemen who had made the ultimate sacrifice for ensuring safety and security to the citizens.

Emphasizing on augmenting intelligence, Modi said that an efficient intelligence-gathering mechanism was even more crucial and fundamental to maintaining national security and integrity.

Calling for a protocol to institutionalize the memories of police martyrs, Modi suggested that every State police academy should incorporate detailed accounts of the martyr policemen in their study materials.

Advocating better police-public ties, the Prime Minister said that a poor image was bound to hit at the core of police functioning and it was through transparency and accountability that the desired relationship could be developed.

“Every police station should maintain an updated website. It should also give an online account of a positive story of police functioning every week,” he said.

Citing police welfare as another neglected subject, the Prime Minister said that the health care and educational needs of the families of policemen should be addressed so that they did not feel a sense of alienation.           

Earlier, in his welcome address, chief of Intelligence Bureau SA Ibrahim stressed the need for harnessing technology as a force multiplier for police. He said that police had a big challenge in being people-friendly and yet efficient.

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