VP Venkaiah Naidu calls for 'renewed thrust' to implement Police reforms

New Delhi: 

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday stressed upon the need to bring reforms in the police forces with ‘renewed thrust’. He emphasised that the police should be skilled enough to tackle 21st century crimes such as cybercrimes and economic offences. 

The Vice President said, “Police reforms is a highly important and sensitive subject. We should now give a renewed thrust to implementing these reforms. I hope that the states and the Centre would come together in the true spirit of Team India to implement the much-needed Police Reforms in the country.”

The Vice President was addressing a gathering after releasing the book titled “The Struggle for Police Reforms in India” written by former IPS officer, Prakash Singh.

Naidu specifically highlighted issues that need to be addressed on a war footing, including filling up of the huge number of vacancies in police departments and strengthening the police infrastructure in tune with the requirements of modern age policing. 

He called for particularly strengthening the police force at the grassroots, who are the first responders in most cases. Naidu also wanted the housing facilities of police personnel to be improved.

Stressing that the behaviour of policemen towards the common man should be courteous and friendly, the Vice President called upon the senior police officers to lead by example in this regard. 

“A visit to a police station should be a hassle-free experience for a person who goes there seeking help. The first thing to reform for this is the attitude of the police – they must be open-minded, sensitive and receptive to each individual citizen’s concerns”, he further said.

The Vice President called for a political will in the states to properly implement the reforms, according to the Supreme Court guidelines.

Naidu also reiterated the need for police reforms to uphold law and order in the country and to sustain India’s economic growth. “Peace is the prerequisite for progress”, he said.

“After independence, sweeping reforms were needed in policing. Unfortunately, we have lagged behind in this crucial area,” he added.

Naidu said that over the years following Independence, the police force was perceived to be increasingly politicised with significant erosion in values and practices. Instead of being seen as a people-friendly force, it was seen as being elitist and power-friendly, he observed.

On this occasion, Shri Naidu also paid homage to the policemen who laid their lives in the line of duty battling criminals, terrorists, extremists and all shades of lawless elements in different parts of the country.


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