Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday desired further change in the profile of the State police despite its emergence as the best in terms of law and order maintenance and effective delivery mechanism compared to the rest in the country.
Addressing the State police conference at HICC that had the participation of officers right from the rank of a sub inspector to the Director General, he said the State had consistently been receiving the appreciation from the highest circles including the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, but the achievers shall not relent and rest on laurels.
The police mission should continue as a relentless quest for excellence. The rapid strides being achieved by the State in Industrial sector and investments owed mainly the effective law and order situation in the State. The State with best law and order situation would always be the favoured destination of investors and entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the reforms initiated by the department, the profile of the police department had undergone a marked change in the State capital. Appreciating the City Police Commissioner, Mahender Reddy and some of his predecessors including CV Anand, he said it is time to reach out to the rural police stations. Change must percolate down to bottom.
Making an impassionate appeal to the rank and file of the department for defending the common man and his interests, he said the rich and well to do would have their own way out. The focus of the department should be the poor and the voiceless. Every police officer should looked at the people in his jurisdiction as member of his family and cater to their needs as part of the friendly policing initiative.
This task is of paramount importance for the State and the administration. The positive impact created by the police in Hyderabad city with their new approach to law and order had enabled the TRS to bag 99 divisions. Perhaps this was the first instance in history where in a political party could make electoral gains because of the services of police, he quipped.
Chief Minister announced sanction of Rs 500 crore more for the police department for purchase of more number of new vehicles and equipment. “Our numbers are increasing. So do our needs”. The number of police commissionerates had gone up to nine. Now the state had 806 police stations, 716 circles and 162 sub divisions. It should all lead to building a good profile and effective policing.
Enhancing the mobility of the department personnel, the government provided 4000 new vehicles- 2000 four wheelers and an equal number of two wheelers in the first phase. He said the government was keen on pumping in more funds if needed to improve the infrastructure that can help improve the fuctioning of the department.
The officers at the helm of new police commissionerates should know what the commissionerates were expected to deliver. Except for the likes of Kamalashan Reddy, who had worked in Hyderabad, there is a need for a kind of reorientation and training for all the heads of the new police commssionerates. He wanted a separate programme to be organised in Hyderabad to achieve this objective.