NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the public outreach by the police forces during Covid-19 pandemic has made a collective and lasting impact in the society regarding their humanitarian face, and exhorted young IPS officers to sustain this "treasure".
Addressing IPS officers from the 2018 batch during their convocation ceremony held via video-conferencing, Modi stated: “For a common man (in pre-Covid times), the police was identified with force, argument and excesses. This had, by and large, become the public image of the police. While humane acts by the police have drawn attention from time to time, these never made a collective, social impact.
"Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the personnel in khaki sang songs to spread awareness, reached food and water to those stranded on footpaths, and put their lives at risk to rush Corona-hit patients to hospitals...all this was seen by the people. This ‘humane’ face of the police has created a lasting impression in the minds of the people”.
Also participating remotely in convocation ceremony at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad, were home minister Amit Shah, MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy and MoS (personnel) Jitendra Singh.
Conveying his best wishes to the young officers, Shah later tweeted: “May they serve the nation with utmost dedication while ensuring its security and integrity. I am confident that their commitment towards service will inspire our youngsters to join the Indian Police Service”.
My best wishes to all these young IPS officers on their Dikshant Parade. May they serve the nation with utmost de… https://t.co/Zcqs51sJOI— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1599205018000
Stating that the 'humane' image of the police highlighted by their work during the pandemic is a “treasure” to be sustained, Modi said a hand-written record of the services rendered by the men in 'khaki' should be prepared by schools and presented to the local police station. “This note will become a legacy and can be further disseminated through online forums. It will inspire existing and future generations of the police,” he said.
Modi asked the young IPS officers to share with the public, their field experiences while responding to Covid-19 challenge, and ensure that the “police uniform is not associated with authority and awe but inspires pride”.
He stressed on the importance of having a constructive partnership with the civil society to ensure that policing can be done with “minimum effort and maximum result”. “Making citizens and civil society part of governance and policing efforts acts as a force multiplier,” he told the officers.
Officers shared with the PM, their field experiences during training – from helping migrant workers and sending them home during Covid-19 lockdown to terrorist encounters in J&K to institutional arrangements to deal with mental stress among police personnel. PM, while responding, stressed how leadership qualities developed during field experience in extraordinary situations created by Covid-19 would stand them in good stead in their career.
Modi underlined the need to preserve the “human” information and intelligence gathering mechanism through an active constabulary, while also asking officers to build teams to optimally use technical aids for better information and intelligence analysis.
Responding to a young woman IPS officer who narrated her experiences during a counter-terror operation in J&K, Modi suggested that women police officers may connect with mothers there and take their help in efforts to discourage local boys from joining militancy.
The PM advised the officers to avoid being influenced by local hangers-on as they join their first posting; keep themselves conduct ‘clean’ and approach policing by building constructive partnerships with the people.