A police dog crosses a fire hurdle and governor Syed Ahmed releases balloons at the inauguration of the Jharkhand State Police Duty Meet in Ranchi on Tuesday. Pictures by Prashant Mitra
A group of dogs mesmerised the crowd at the inaugural function of the 11th Jharkhand State Police Duty Meet on Tuesday as they greeted governor Syed Ahmed with a bouquet, saluted the audience and put up an acrobatics display.
The canine members of the force — Babu, Remo, Seema, Reema and others — also showed why they are considered indispensable when it comes to crime fighting. They discovered hidden narcotics and explosives in a mock drill and jumped through hoops of fire, too.
Obeying directives of their instructors, the trained dogs formed a pyramid and performed a “fire jump” by crossing burning hurdles one after another, drawing huge applause from the spectators at the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP)-I grounds in the capital.
Chief guest Ahmed, who inaugurated the four-day police meet, said: “Every policeman should do his duty sincerely to keep criminals at bay and instil a sense of security in people.”
Whenever there is an increase in the crime rate, the police were expected to curb that by finding out the reasons, the governor added.
Rajiv Kumar, the state DGP, emphasised on the “friendly” image of the police, saying that it mattered a lot if men in uniform wanted residents to trust them.
The annual event is held to test the scientific investigation skills of police personnel, a fact underlined by the state DGP in his speech.
“Criminals are using advanced technology and posing challenges to the police. So the latter have to be competent enough to tackle them and that can be done only with the active co-operation of citizens. They should learn to keep up with developments in science and technology as required in investigations” he added.
Contingents drawn from various zones --- North Chotanagpur, South Chotanagpur, Kolhan, Santhal Pargana, Palamau, Coal Belt and CID, besides the dog squad --- took part in a march past in tune with the JAP-I band.
Based on their performances at the zonal levels, 99 contestants up to the rank of inspector were participating in 10 competitions — both written and oral --- in subjects like medico-legal, spot photography, police portrait, lifting, packing and transmission of exhibits, ADGP Meena said.
All the prize winners will be trained and sent to the national police meet to be held in Haryana later this year.
The three best investigators of the state will be honoured during the meet.