Calling upon the state police personnel to serve with utmost diligence, the state minister for urban development, higher and technical education Dr Shurhozelie today said police personnel represented the existence of government, without which people would not recognize the government. On the other hand, he also exhorted police to maintain public order and provide safety and security to the people.
“Enforce the rule of the law and prevent and detect crimes,” the minister said while inaugurating Diphupar police station building, built under police modernization plan.
He pointed out that Nagaland, despite being late starter in each and every department including police, has progressed within last few decades.
Maintaining that police force was entrusted with inspectional and regulatory, Shurhozelie urged them to remain alert. “You must be in full alert to face any situation,” he urged.
Stressing on the importance of police modernization, the minister asserted that the police need to have upper hand while dealing with anti-social elements whether it was in the issue of weapons or vehicles.
“You cannot confront effectively with your 303 rifles and rotten vehicles” he stated. He also called for pursuing the police modernization plan vigorously from the central pool of resources and averred that with the state under category ‘A’ for funding, it should not be that difficult.
The minister also pointed out the six aspects of policing namely uniform patrol, criminal investigation, traffic regulation, controlling contraband vice, regulating selling and consumption of alcohol and addressing the problems of Juvenile delinquents.
While appreciating the role of Dimapur police in maintaining law and order situation within the district, the chief guest said they had larger role to play. At the same time, without disregarding the Assam Rifles, the minister queried why the credit of ganja seizure should go only to AR when the police had several check gates under their jurisdiction.
Further, he pointed out that panchayat system of governance and judicial laws in grassroot level was a plus point for them.
ADG (Adm) Zanbemo, who also spoke at the function, said the main objective of police modernization was to raise the standard, performance and efficiency of the police force.
Pointing out that providing necessary infrastructure was also part of the project, the ADG called upon his men to take it as a challenge.
He also urged government to expedite modernization phase of communication and weapons.
Emphasizing on the need for preparedness among police personnel, Zanbemo said new trend of crimes have already reached the doorstep. He, however, lamented that police were not fully equipped and lacked in investigation works.
Suggesting a remedy to address this problem, the ADG urged senior police officers under district level to guide the IOs by supervising properly and provide guidance.
While maintaining that police cannot work in an isolated environment, Zanbemo urged his men to maintain cordial relationships with the public.
“Earlier we were rigid but now we can liberate ourselves a bit,” he said.
He also appealed to his officers to maintain a friendly police station where public could obtain information, complaint or offer suggestions.
DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier, whose father was also a police official, in his speech informed that Niuland sub-division has been given full status of a police station taking the total number of PS under Dimapur district to seven.
Underscoring the feeling of unity among police personnel and moral values, the DC said it should be given priority beside discipline and training.
“If you imbibe the moral values among jawans then you can be second to none,” he asserted.
Further, the DC commended the works of Dimapur police and termed it as “excellent and remarkable.”
Meanwhile, he also informed that a total of 134 persons were detained under NSA and nearly two hundred vehicles were seized during the last two years.
Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi, who also spoke at the function, urged police personnel to be befitting personnel from inside and always be positive and keep improving themselves.
Lauding the contractor for completing the work within stipulated time, the MP said delaying projects only escalated the budget.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by DIG (Modernization) S.T. Sangtam while welcome speech was delivered by SP Dimapur Liremo Lotha.