Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for greater cooperation between state police forces and central agencies to leverage capabilities and enhance traditional mechanisms of policing like foot patrolling along with adopting technological solutions.
Addressing the 57th All India Conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police, he also recommended repeal of obsolete criminal laws and creation of standards for police organizations across states.
According to an official statement, the Prime Minister stressed on enhancing cooperation between state police and central agencies to leverage capabilities and share best practices.
They also discussed “strengthening of border as well as coastal security by conducting frequent visits of officers”, he said.
Modi also said that police forces should be more sensitized and trained in emerging technologies, and underlined the importance of the National Data Governance Framework to streamline data exchange across agencies.
He suggested that while police forces should take greater advantage of technological solutions such as biometrics, there is also a need to further strengthen traditional policing mechanisms such as foot patrolling.
Modi also supported prison reforms to improve prison management.
The Prime Minister called for replicating the model of DGP-IGP conferences at the state and district levels to discuss emerging challenges and develop best practices among their teams.
The conference covered various aspects of policing and national security, including counter-terrorism, counterintelligence and cyber security.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval participated in the three-day meeting that began on January 20.
Around 600 officials at various levels participated in the conference in hybrid mode from States and Union Territories.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office had earlier said, “Since 2014, Modi has taken a keen interest in the conference of DGPs. In contrast to the token presence of earlier prime ministers, he sits in all key sessions of the conference.”
It had also said that the Prime Minister not only listens patiently to all information, but also encourages free and informal discussion so that new ideas emerge.
The statement said it provides a conducive environment for the country’s top police officers to directly brief the prime minister on key policing and internal security issues and make open and frank recommendations.
An official said inspired by the Prime Minister’s vision, the conference began to discuss the future of policing and security. The three-day meeting discussed security challenges along the land borders with Nepal and Myanmar, strategy to identify foreigners with long-term stay in India and targeting Maoist strongholds.
Modi also distributed police medals for distinguished services.
Until 2013, the annual meeting was held in New Delhi. The next year, when the Modi government came to power, it was decided to hold the event organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Intelligence Bureau outside the national capital.
It was held in Guwahati in 2014, Rann of Kutch in 2015, National Police Academy in Hyderabad in 2016, BSF Academy in Tekanpur in 2017, Pune in 2019 and in hybrid mode in 2020 during the Covid pandemic and Lucknow in 2021. ,
This time the conference was organized at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, Delhi.
Earlier, the venue of the meeting used to be Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital. The number of professional sessions and topics have increased significantly with a focus on improving policing in the service of the people, the official said.
Prior to 2014, deliberations largely focused only on national security matters. The official said that since 2014, these conferences have focused on national security as well as core policing issues, including crime prevention and detection, community policing, law and order, improving the image of the police.
The official said the direct interaction of police top brass with the head of government has resulted in convergence of views on critical challenges facing the country and emergence of viable recommendations. Over the years, the themes for the conference are being selected after detailed discussions with the highest officers of the police service.
Once selected, several talks are held on presentations before the committees of DGs to encourage participation and incorporate ideas from the field and from young officers, the official said.
The result is that according to the official all submissions are now broad-based, content-intensive and carry a set of concrete and actionable recommendations.
Since 2015, detailed follow-up of the recommendations of previous conferences has been the norm and is the subject of the first business session. The recommendations are closely monitored by the conference secretariat headed by the Intelligence Bureau with the help of state nodal officers.
The official said the decisions taken in the last few conferences led to significant policy changes that improved policing in the country, including setting higher standards for effective policing in rural and urban areas and better implementation of modern policing based on SMART parameters. methods are included.