IPS conference: Top cops of Odisha deliberate on 2019 elections, law and order

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining law and order besides regular crime control will be challenging for Odisha police during the upcoming general elections. However, a proactive strategy would be chalked out for effective policing, said DG RP Sharma after inaugurating the three-day Senior Police Officers’ conference in Bhubaneswar today.

Official sources said a detailed strategy to combat left wing extremism in the State has also been chalked out at the senior police officers’ meet as Odisha Police has already claimed success in 19 out of 25 encounters with Naxals last year.

All range DIGs, IGPs, DCPs and SPs of all districts are attending the IPS conference and several brainstorming sessions on the current law and order situation, performance and challenges before Odisha Police will be held.

“Several important issues including left wing extremism, crime, cyber crime and other aspects will be discussed at the conference,” said Sharma.

Sharma further informed that special focus will be given on effective tackling of mass agitations and keeping in view the upcoming elections, steps are being taken to ensure that the polls are held in free and fair manner.

“We will be organising several training programmes for officers on cyber crime,” added Sharma.

Commissionerate Police today made a presentation on the arrangements and challenges that officers faced during the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup last year. “This conference will help young officers to gain more experience through exchange of ideas,” said Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty.