Patton addresses senior officers; takes up police issues

DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:38:21 AM IST

 Deputy chief minister and minister for home and national highways Nagaland, Y. Patton attended a Senior Police Officer’s conference at Police Headquarters (PHQ) Kohima on July 27. 

A press release from the deputy chief minister’s media cell stated that while addressing the conference, Patton stated that he expected the PHQ and all its units to maintain the highest level of discipline. Patton also admonished the officers stating that uniformed personnel were supposed to serve anywhere within and outside the state in the interest of public service so transfer and postings could not be according to their own choice. He further said that the efficiency and capability of an investigating agency was shown in the rate of conviction and sentencing of accused persons in the court of law, and he urged the officers to take this seriously right from the time a case is registered. 

Patton stated that the present PDA government was committed to doing away with VIP culture and even ministers are not allowed to use escorts or pilot vehicles within Kohima and Dimapur in the interest of easing traffic congestion.

Patton also warned the officers about the huge bills for repair and replacement of vehicles that raised questions from many corners and directed the senior officers to enquire into such matters if any irregularities were found and then initiate actions against erring officers. Patton further advised the department to avoid unreasonable proposals for procurement of vehicles that could be reasonably avoided.

Patton added that some DEF units were functioning with SDPO manpower strength. These DEFs need to be provided with full strength of SP level, for smooth functioning of police administration in the concerned districts and he directed the PHQ to submit a proposal for this to the government at the earliest.

He also spoke about police intelligence and information gathering, saying that if these were strong, they could stay a step ahead of potential offenders.

He directed the DGP to look into the matter of a huge number of police personnel reportedly attached with ex-ministers, MLAs and other retired police officers, and withdraw all unauthorized attachments with immediate effect.

Timely submission and implementation of projects and to ensuring quality supply of clothing, equipment and ration also figured in his address.  Patton disclosed that some of the developmental activities and projects of the police department may be announced on or before independence day this year and he invited suggestions from the officers for the welfare of the department.

The press release added that to help field officers’ and outpost police station mobility, the PHQ had recently procured 18 gypsy vehicles, which the deputy chief minister will be handing over to the police station/field officers by the 1st week of August.


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