Bhubaneswar, August 12 (LocalWire): In order to curb crime rates, the police at the grassroots level needs to be tech-savvy, said Bijay Kumar Sharma, the newly-appointed Director General of Police, Odisha in an exclusive conversation with LocalWire.
Discussing his plans to steer policing in the state, the maverick officer and former capital region police commissioner listed out his priorities to contain crime rates in the state.
Here are the excerpts:
LW: To head the police force is an immense challenge. Do you find the task daunting?
Sharma: Policing is teamwork. I am here to guide and motivate the men. And I have a bunch of competent officers to assist me.
LW: What is your area of priority after donning the mantle of the state’s police force?
Sharma: There are several areas which need to be prioritized. There is room for improvement in policing.
I will try to focus on the policemen right from gram rakhis (home guards) to constables and havildars adapting themselves more to the smartphones and social media platforms.
This is the age of social media. If the policemen who work at ground level are better exposed to these platforms, they can get vital feedbacks which would help crack crimes and thwart breach of peace.
LW: Are you working out specific plans for further modernisation of the state police?
Sharma: Modernisation is an ongoing process. This goes on round the year.
The need of the hour is to effectively use the available resources, both human and technological, to curb the crime rate, to book crime mongers and to thwart possible disturbances.
LW: Complaints of policemen’s highhandedness are being reported from time to time. What’s your take on it?
Sharma: Police have to inculcate public relations. With a people-friendly gesture, they can go a long way in solving major crimes as common people will volunteer to disseminate intelligence inputs to crack crimes. The policemen must behave with the complainants decently.
This will send a positive message and people will repose more trust on the men in uniforms.