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Sensitivity should be vital element of policing: Modi

Amidst mounting concern over radicalisation of youths by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terror groups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said sensitivity should be a vital element of policing. Modi also made a strong pitch for a “flexible instructional framework”, under which police should establish links with local communities.

“Sensitivity should be a vital element of policing and a flexible institutional framework should be built, which can help imbibe sensitivity towards citizens in the police force,” he said while addressing the concluding session of the three-day DGPs conference here.

Addressing the country’s around 100 top police officers, he said local communities must be taken into confidence in policing and technology should be used in tackling crimes.

“Police forces should establish links with local communities and one way of doing this is to celebrate the successes and achievements of people in the community,” he said.

The PM said when people visit police stations to celebrate their achievements, they would also develop a greater understanding and respect for the work done by police officers. In this exercise, people people in a community should identify with police stations, he said.

Police in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi have involved family and community elders in deradicalisation of a few men, who allegedly came under the influence of ISIS recently.

Modi also sought greater interaction between the police forces of neighbouring districts across inter-state borders.

“The PM touched upon subjects such as cyber security, digital technology and social media, and said police officers should use emerging technologies effectively in their work,” an official statement said.

Expressing happiness over the quality and depth of the discussions during the conference, he said this was an indication of the dedication and professional competence of the police force.

He called for a clear roadmap to implement the recommendations that emerged from the conference. The Prime Minister said the discussions and inputs involved both junior and senior officers, from across the country and this had helped break silos, which is a significant achievement.

Modi also spoke on tourism policing, disaster management and police training. He appreciated police officers for their commitment to duty. 

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