Smart & strict police force needs to be sensitive towards victims: MoS for Home Affairs

Mr. Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India and Mr. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, Chairman, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, felicitated the winners of FICCI SMART Policing Awards 2016, and exhorted policemen across the country to be sensitive towards citizens and their complaints.

This was the first-ever initiative in SMART Policing, where FICCI, with its commitment to Homeland Security, initiated ‘FICCI SMART Policing Awards’ to felicitate best practices in SMART Policing, under various categories, like (i) Anti-insurgency; (ii) Child Safety; (iii) Community Policing; (iv) Cyber Security; (v) Elderly Safety; (vi) Human Trafficking; (vii) Road Safety and Traffic Management; (viii) Women Safety; and, (ix) Other Policing Initiatives. Over 90 entries were received from 19 State Police Forces and 3 Central Armed Police Forces for FICCI SMART Policing Awards 2016.

Appreciating FICCI’s efforts, in his keynote address, Mr. Chaudhary said that the police force was smart and strict but there was a need for them to be sensitive as well. The officers manning the police stations must display a sensitive attitude towards victims which would allow the citizens to feel secure and safe. He added that the police should not come across as an intimidating authority.

Mr. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta said that the safety and security of the citizens was a matter of national interest and there should be no political interference in the matter. Police and security forces of the country must have a free-hand while dealing with terrorism and there should be no compromise with terrorism.

In his closing address, Mr. G.K. Pillai, Chairman, FICCI Committee on Homeland Security and Former Union Home Secretary, said that there was a need for senior police officials to spend time with their subordinates both on and off the field to win loyalty and support of the force. The event was attended by a large number of senior police officers from various state and central police organisation across the country.