| Governor R.S. Mooshahary hands over a trophy to one of the new recruits at North Eastern Police Academy at Umiam on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Dec. 17: Budding police officers today received a prescription of “dos and don’ts” from former IPS officer and Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary as they readied themselves to discharge their duties in their respective states after completing nearly a year of training.
Mooshahary prescribed the dos and don’ts as he echoed the common man’s critical opinion of men and women in uniform, and pointed out that “corruption” was the biggest drawback in this country.
The governor made the observations after he reviewed the passing out parade of the 38th batch of officers at the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) at Umsaw Khwan, Umiam about 20km from here.
“You should not abuse your statutory powers and never create a situation where people would suffer because you have abused the provisions of the law. Never implicate anyone in false crimes as it is a great sin,” Mooshahary told the young recruits.
He exhorted them to ensure that no innocent person is harassed and to never let any criminal go scot free. “It must be your responsibility to ensure that the criminal is placed before the judiciary for the appropriate punishment for the crime,” he added.
Mooshahary also cautioned the probationers against indulging in acts of corruption, which, according to him, is the biggest drawback in today’s public service.
“Criminals go free and innocent people are harassed because of corruption and you should not be party to corrupt activities,” he said.
He further advised the cadets to refrain from discriminating against people by stating that the law should be applied “equally” to all and sundry.
While prescribing the dos, the former NSG chief advised the young men and women to “love the people”, no matter which place they are posted in.
“As police officers, you have much more opportunities to serve the people than anyone else. The first requirement for you is to love the people wherever you work. If you don’t love the people, I am afraid that your judgement will go wrong,” he said.
He also said “impartiality” in the application of law and enriching oneself from experience should be the cornerstone in one’s career as a police officer.
He also stressed on the need to reform the “human mind” to attain better police reformation.
“Reform is always talked about in the police, but the most important is the reform of the human mind. This reform must start from the people like you who have the opportunity to serve others,” Mooshahary stated.
He appealed to the officers to give priority to the four categories of citizens — the poor, women, children and senior citizens — in the discharge of their duties.
As many as 116 officers in the rank of deputy superintendents of police, sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim graduated from the academy this morning after they had successfully completed their basic training since January this year.
Of the 116 cadets, 25 hail from Mizoram, 29 from Sikkim, 22 from Tripura, one each from Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, two from Manipur and 36 from Nagaland.