On Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the setting up of a higher-power police technology mission under the leadership of the Union home minister to bring future technologies for grassroots policing needs.
While addressing at the valedictory session of the 56th conference of IGPs and DGPs, the PM also sought an analysis of all police-related incidents and increasing case studies to make it an institutionalized learning mechanism.
He called for forming a high-power police technology mission under the leadership of the home minister to adopt future technologies for grassroots policing requirements, stated in an official statement.
While mentioning the importance of technology in the lives of the general citizens, Narendra Modi gave several examples of CoWIN, which is the online platform for COVID-19 vaccination, the GeM which is the government e-marketplace, and UPI which is the instant real-time payment system.
Modi even hailed the hybrid format of the conference as it permitted a free flow of information between different ranks.
Modi suggested the development of interoperable technologies which would overall benefit the police forces across the whole country.
He even appreciated the change positively in the attitude of the police towards the citizens, particularly post Covid, stated in a statement.
He also suggested a positive use of drone technology for the benefit of the people and stressed a review of the SMART concept of policing introduced in the year 2014.
He suggested developing the roadmap for its ongoing transformation and the institutionalization of the SMART policing concept in police forces.
To tackle several routine challenges faced by police, he insisted on involving highly qualified youngsters to seek technological solutions through hackathons.
Narendra Modi was also awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Intelligence Bureau (IB) personnel.
According to the directives of the prime minister for the first time, IPS officers from different states had submitted various articles on contemporary security issues which added more value to the conference.
The meeting was attended by 62 DGPs and IGPs of the states and Union Territories and the DGs (director generals) of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Central Police Organisations (CPOs).
Almost most than 400 officers of various ranks attended the conference virtually from IB offices across the whole country.
The prime minister, Narendra Modi participated in the discussions and even gave valuable suggestions.
In the run-up to the conference, different core groups of DGPs were formed to hold discussions on important aspects of national security such as terrorism, prison reforms, Left-Wing Extremism, narcotics trafficking, cyber-crimes, drone-related matters, foreign funding of NGOs, development of border villages, etc.
The conference was inaugurated by Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister on Friday. Shah had also awarded trophies to the 3 best police stations in our country.
The home minister was involved in all the discussions while the conference was going on and offered his valuable suggestions and guidance, stated in the statement.