Chief minister Hemant Soren hands over the champions’ trophy to Pankaj Kamboj in Ranchi on Friday. (Prashant Mitra)
Chief minister Hemant Soren on Friday promised all possible help to strengthen the police force and improve law and order situation in the state.
“Policemen have to take up several challenging tasks, which need technical support. The state government will initiate measures to provide them modern facilities that will aid investigations,” said Hemant on the sidelines of the concluding ceremony of the 11th Jharkhand State Police Duty Meet at JAP-I grounds in Ranchi.
The chief minister, who was the chief guest, also stressed the need for better police-public relationship and proper infrastructure to instil a sense of confidence among the common people.
State director-general of police Rajiv Kumar agreed that the police force was facing new challenges such as cyber crimes.
“Our men need to undergo qualitative changes. They must be technically competent,” he pointed out.
He also sought the chief minister’s help to tackle the shortcomings in the force.
Later, the chief minister gave away prizes to the best performers.
While Kolhan police range (Chaibasa) bagged the team championship trophy, North Chotanagpur range (Hazaribagh) emerged the runner-up in the meet that kicked off on September 24.
Chaibasa superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj and North Chotanagpur deputy inspector-general (DIG) Suman Gupta received the awards from the chief minister.
Sub-inspector Animesh Kumar Gupta of Seraikela and sub-inspector Rama Shankar Mishra of Hazaribagh came first and second, respectively, in the individual category.
Three sub-inspectors from state CID — B. Kumar (Bokaro), K.K. Sahu (Deoghar) and Anil Kumar (Ranchi) — also earned laurels for their excellence in cracking cases.
Contingents from various ranges — North Chotanagpur, South Chotanagpur, Kolhan, Palamau, Santhal Pargana and Coal Belt, CID and dog squad — took part in the meet.
Awards were given on the basis of the personnel’s performance in categories like forensic sciences, medico legal, investigation laws and rules, finger print observation and computer awareness.
Besides, cops were tested on lifting, packaging and forwarding of exhibits and interpretation and implementation of court orders.
For the dog squads, tests on tracking and detecting narcotics and explosives were conducted. The winning canines were awarded.
Some of the winners will be chosen to take part in the national police meet to be held in Haryana later this year.