Himachal Pradesh was poised to emerge as the first State in the country where all the police stations would be inter-connected and latest modern facilities like computer and internet services would be provided under Community Integrated Police Application (CIPA). He said that the department would be
modernized in order to make it more efficient so that best services could be delivered to the people. This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while addressing a high level review meeting of the State Police Department at PTC Daroh in district Kangra today.
Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh had already achieved the distinction of best police State in the country which was transforming and modernizing all its activities. He said that all the police stations were being interlinked and facilitated with modern IT system to speed up and to bring efficiency in the functioning of police. He said that all the police stations would obtain ISO certification by the end of 5 years Policing Plan ending in year 2012. He said that with the ISO certification, the police stations would match the international policing standards. He added that initially police stations of Dhalli in Shimla, Mandi and Una were likely to get ISO certificate in coming few months and efforts would be continued to get the same for rest of the police stations in a phased manner and achieve the target by year 2012.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government was committed to provide its police, best working condition alongwith required facilities. He said that Police Housing Scheme would also be taken up with the Finance Commission and the executing authorities would be directed to implement the schemes effectively. He said that image of the police would be best at the international level during coming time which would be possible with consistent and hard efforts.
He emphasized the need to register every suspicious foreign visitors and to check their anti social activities. He said that educational institutions needed to be guarded against such activities and youth should be saved from falling prey to such people.
Chief Minister congratulated the state police for emerging as the best police in the country. He said that the role of police in solving minor problems of the masses had helped in maintenance of best law and order conditions. He said that endeavour of the State police in creating awareness amongst the masses under different community policing schemes, deserve all appreciation since it had been instrumental in winning the faith of the masses.
Prof. Dhumal said that efforts were afoot to change the uniform of the State and district police after examining all related aspects to bring about uniformity in the police cadre. He said that the new uniform needed to be of quality and should be convenient to the police personnel. He said good and attractive uniform would bring about desired reforms in the image building of the State police in the eyes of common man. He directed the police authorities to carry deep study after taking all related aspects into consideration and submit the proposal to the State Government for further approval. He said that uniform had the authority with it and criminals fear the same. He said that youth needed to be protected from drug addiction.
Chief Minister emphasized the need to keep strict vigil over the anti social elements in their respective areas, especially to check the theft of telephone and electric wires. He said that protection of life and property was the prime duty of the police besides maintaining best law and order conditions all over the State. He said that the police should win the faith of the commonman by effectively implementing the community policing and allied programmes. He said that it needed to associate itself with the social welfare activities in its operational area.
Shri Ashwani Kumar, DGP welcomed the Chief Minister. He informed him of the 5 years Policing Plan and added that emphasis had been laid to make police, people friendly to deliver best services.Shri D.S. Minhas, ADGP also spoke.Shri R.M. Sharma, Commandant, SP, PTC Daroh detailed out the activities of the training college. He also proposed vote of thanks.Shri Ravinder Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Shri Kishan Kapoor, Transport Minister, Shri Ramesh Dhawala, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Capt. Atma Ram, Shri Vipin Parmar, Shri Praveen Sharma, Smt. Urmil Thakur, MLAs, Shri Dulo Ram, former MLA ADGPs, IGs, DIGs and other Senior Police Officers attended the meeting.