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Monday , March 10 , 2014
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Show inspires state police

- Satyamev Jayate issues likely in training curriculum

Jorhat, March 9: Assam police are planning to take up some issues shown in today’s episode of Star TV show Satyamev Jayate, hosted by actor Aamir Khan, in its training curriculum for police personnel.

Today’s episode, telecast from 11am to 12.30pm, depicted the way the police function across India under adverse conditions, resulting in atrocities on the public and the need for reforms.

The episode, with interviews of well-known former and serving IPS officers of the country, dealt with the problems behind the poor quality of service provided by the police, which still function like a colonial force under the government in power in a state.

Though the Supreme Court had passed a series of directives in 2006 to carry out a series of reforms for the men in khaki, most of the state governments are yet to implement them, the show highlighted. The apex court had passed the order while hearing a PIL by former BSF DG and former Uttar Pradesh top cop Prakash Singh, who appeared on today’s episode.

Assam police sources said certain problems plaguing the police force have to be resolved at the top government level by taking policy decisions, but some lacunae could be rectified by the police organisation itself by introducing certain ideas in the training courses.

Additional director-general of police (administration) B.J. Mahanta told The Telegraph that the organisation would request the TV channel to give the CD of the episode telecast today to be viewed by a group of senior officers so that they can identify the problems and plan out remedies accordingly.

“This morning I had asked the district’s superintendent of police through a wireless message to direct their subordinates to watch the episode if possible as the theme was on the functioning of policemen,” Mahanta said.

He said certain problems pointed out in the show like shortage of manpower, need for infrastructure development of police stations and quarters, upgrade of communication systems, arms and modern equipment needed to be initiated by the government.

The ADGP, however, said improving the training quality of the recruited policemen by making them more sensitive, courteous and also organising orientation camps for the serving police personnel could be taken up by the top police brass involved in the training procedures.

He said the episode pointed out that of the total working police force in India, over 90 per cent are constables, who are usually the public’s first point of contact with the police. He said constables should be trained adequately in dealing with complaints sensitively and compassionately. Ways to reduce the stress level of the cops and improve the working conditions have to be devised within the resources available with the organisation.

Mahanta said the Assam police top brass in the last few years have been carrying out interaction programmes (zone wise) with different ranks and files of the forces, including the recruits. He said the personnel have been sensitised on human rights issues and use of minimum force to tackle protesters on the streets.

To deal with these problems, a model police station has been set up in the Police Training College at Dergaon in Golaghat district where trainees are trained on issues like dealing properly with complainants and investigating cases right from registration of the FIR to filing of a chargesheet by creating a real-life situation.