Seminar on challenges to policing

DCM emphasizes on upgrading police dept

ITANAGAR, Nov 3: A seminar on ‘Challenges of policing in Arunachal Pradesh’ was held at the legislative assembly building here on Saturday as part of the weeklong 46th raising day celebration of the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP).
The panel of speakers comprised Yupia District & Sessions Judge Jaweplu Chai, Guwahati (Assam)-based Kripa Foundation director Deepak Swahney, RGU Mass Communication HoD Moji Riba, and DIG (HQ) Kime Kaming.
The speakers deliberated on the various challenges that the police are facing, and possible ways to overcome these problems.
The challenges discussed included training of police personnel, resource crunch of the department to undertake core functions, drug abuse, manpower issues, and police-public and police-media relations, among other things.
The speeches and deliberations in the seminar will be compiled into a booklet and distributed to all the districts to spread the learning and suggestions arising out of the conference, the police department informed in a release.
“The seminar, which was held for the first time ever in the history of the APP, represents the increased focus of the police department on reinventing itself through deliberations and involvement of the civil society,” the release said.
Legislative Assembly Speaker TN Thongdok, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, DGP SBK Singh and other senior officials of the police department also attended the seminar.
In his address, Mein stressed on upgrading the police department with new vehicles, and on training the police personnel “to deal with the new forms and tactics of crimes emerging due to modern technology.”
The DCM urged the DGP to gear up the intelligence report system, improve the fitness level of the police personnel, and maintain strict discipline among the armed police.
“The police department needs to be accorded top priority after health and education,” he said, adding that no development could take place without a peaceful environment.
Describing drug menace as a social evil, Mein said the police alone could not fight it and “every responsible citizen, along with administrations, bureaucrats, NGOs and the community as a whole must come together and wage a war against the drug menace.”
The DCM asked the DGP to prepare a policy from the outcome of the seminar and recommend it to the state government for consideration, in order to deal with the challenges faced by the APP.
Mein lauded the APP for performing to the expectations of the people by keeping the state safe, secure and peaceful, despite the challenges of inadequate infrastructures and manpower.
The programme saw the attendance of police personnel from around the state, school and college students, and members of the public.
The 46th raising day of the APP is on 8 November. (With input from PRO, DCM)