GUWAHATI, Feb 28 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today strongly advocated the need for induction of more women in the police force. Addressing the valedictory function of the 6th National Conference of Women in Police at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) auditorium in the city, Chief Minister Gogoi said that he was for 50 per cent induction of women in police as �they are more sensitive and can make the police force more people-friendly.� The three-day conference is being jointly organised by the Assam Police and the Bureau of Police Research and Development, New Delhi.
According to an official press release here, the Chief Minister said that induction of more women in the police force would help to reduce crimes against women and children.
Gogoi said the growing role of women police and the challenges confronting them while dealing with different aspects of policing has to be addressed effectively. �More professionalism has to be induced by enhancing capacity building, attitudinal and behavioural changes to enable women in police force to realize their full potential to meet the rising hopes and aspirations of people,� he said, adding that the State Government has been making efforts in improving the working conditions in police stations.
He also underlined the need to tackle different law and order situations tactfully and adroitly by the police. Moreover, he said understanding the psyche of the people and their culture and traditions would help to deal with any kind of situation.
Attributing the rise in crimes to poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, he said bringing in reforms in the education system may prove to be the best way to handle these problems.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional Solicitor General of India, Indira Jaising said the quality of police determines the quality of society and of governance, competence, integrity, professionalism and commitment to rule of law.
Jaising said there has been a paradigm shift in the role of police from a law and order maintaining coercive organisation to a welfare-oriented organisation designed to cater to the needs of the community at large and trying to constantly engage itself with the civil society.
Addressing the gathering, Kanwaljeet Deol, Chairperson of the conference and DG (Investigations), NHRC said the recent changes in laws have necessitated the growing role of police in ensuring safety of women and preventing crimes against them.
The Chief Minister gave away commendation certificates and cash incentive of Rs 5000 each to eight police personnel of the State in recognition of their outstanding services.