Maoism, women’s safety to be main agendas at Police Officers’ meet

Cuttack: The Odisha Police would deliberate on major issues at the 59th Senior Police Officers’ Conference which would kick off at the State Police headquarters here on January 7.

The two-day event would be split into two sessions with one session at the RK Padhi Memorial Hall in Cuttack on January 7 and the last session at the Commissionerate Police headquarters in Bhubaneswar the next day.

Informing the media on Tuesday, Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh said the first session would deliberate important issues like law and order, crime situation, left wing extremism (LWE), Crime & Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), urban policing, traffic problem, human trafficking, cyber crime, use of social media for improving policing, organized crime, tender mafia and anti-social elements.

“The second session in Bhubaneswar will discuss about issues like expeditious and successful investigation into crime against women and punishment to the guilty, review of new law on crime against women, human rights and protection of minority communities, improvement of public services in police stations and successful implementation of coastal and National Highway policing,” he added.

To a question on what steps should be taken to strengthen the State Police, Singh said the stress is given on training.

“Unless and until our human resources are improved, we will not be able to perform properly. Our main emphasis is on training and filling up of the vacant posts. Though state government has approved for filling up of 4000 vacant posts of constables, there are still huge vacancies, especially in the promotional posts which we have taken up from the New Year. We will complete the process of filling up of these vacant promotional posts by February or March after which we will taken up the base level vacancies,” the DGP added.

Asked about the approach of the police towards the public, Singh said “My thrust would be to make the police more people-centric and make them more responsive to the public for which we have imparted necessary training to the police officers in charge of police stations”.

The conference would be attended by all senior IPS officers of the State Headquarters, Range IGs and DIGs, district SPs, Intelligence wing, Crime Branch, commandants of Odisha Armed Police Force and Jail Superintendents.