The passing out parade at the North Eastern Police Academy on Saturday and (below) DSP Techi Hanyir. Telegraph picture
Shillong, Dec. 21: Techi Hanyir, a Nyishi from Itanagar, has done Arunachal Pradesh proud. She is the first woman deputy superintendent of police (DSP) from the state, having graduated today from the picturesque North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) at Umsaw, nearly 20km from here.
Hanyir was among the 135 trainees (49 DSP probationers, one inspector trainee, 83 cadet sub-inspectors and two cadet assistant sub-inspectors) from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim who comprised the 39th batch of officers to pass out from the region’s premier training institute.
The lady officer, whose childhood dream was to don khaki, was also one of those who received a gold medal for proficiency in criminology.
“Since my childhood I was interested in this. My ambition was to become a police officer and I kept waiting for that,” Hanyir said after the passing out parade.
A post-graduate in geography, Hanyir was selected to join the training at the academy after a combined examination and a “tough physical test”.
“It was very tough to get through the examination, but I really worked hard and that is why I am here,” she beamed.
There were seven other women from Arunachal Pradesh who took part in the examination along with Hanyir, but they failed to qualify in the physical test.
While stating that she is ready for the job, Hanyir lamented that crime against women in Arunachal Pradesh has been on the rise.
“Crimes against women have increased, but there are very few women police officers. I used to ponder that if I become a police officer, I would like to help the women and our society,” she said while asserting that Arunachal Pradesh’s rugged terrain would not deter her from working.
She agreed with Meghalaya governor Krishan Kant Paul — who reviewed the passing out parade — when he said community policing was important.
“It (community policing) is very important and it will work in Arunachal Pradesh,” Hanyir said.
Paul, a former Delhi police commissioner, exhorted the young police officers to popularise “community policing”, and make citizens their “first priority”.
“Without community support, police personnel cannot function. You require people’s assistance in investigation and law and order issues. They act as a force multiplier,” he told the new recruits.
At the same time, he reminded them that a “police officer remains a civilian in uniform while a civilian is a police officer without uniform,” driving home the point that police could not segregate itself from society.
Encouraging them to go to the grassroots and observe the problems, Paul said: “If you function with honesty and sincerity, the community will feel positive about you and you will be able to deliver. Go out, serve the people and win their hearts.”
Earlier, Paul, while reminding the officers that police “is not a force, but a service”, batted for the use of “non-violent force” in situations where force has to be used. “When a policeman hits with malice, it becomes violent force. Make sure the people whom you are commanding stay within the limits. Service to the public is the most important thing. Rectify the aberrations to make the society a more harmonious one,” he added.
He also drew the attention of the gathering to situations where crimes are either not registered or under-registered.
“Non registration or under registration of crimes only helps the criminal, and antagonises the public. Therefore, make sure that public complaints are attended to and registered,” Paul exhorted the young men and women.
The trainee officers, of whom around 60 are from Meghalaya, including one DSP, began their training from January 29, 2013.
From among the DSPs, Zonun Sanga, DSP (probationer) from Mizoram, received the Meghalaya Governor’s Sword of Honour for being the all-round best DSP (probationer). Sitoshna Sharma from Sikkim received the Meghalaya Governor’s Sword of Honour for being the all-round best cadet sub-inspector.
Strike call stays
The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) today refused to call off its 12-hour shutdown on Monday in spite of requests and criticism from the people. The shutdown will start from 6am.
In a statement emailed to the media, HNLC “publicity secretary” Sainkupar Nongtraw stuck to the outfit's demand to release “political prisoners” who are in jail.
“The council has taken its decision in the interest of the Hynniewtrep community and will go ahead with its declaration of the 12-hour shutdown on December 23. People who are so interested in shopping can do so after 6pm on December 23. The public must also keep in mind that this shutdown will be supported by various NGOs of Hynniewtrep. So going against the shutdown will show disrespect to the entire Hynniewtrep cause," Nongtraw said.