GUWAHATI, Dec 31 - Senior IPS officer Deepak Kumar today took over as Commissioner of Police Guwahati from Pradip Chandra Saloi. The State home department transferred Kumar from the post of IGP (Law and Order) to the post in place of Saloi, who has retired from service.
Meanwhile, interacting with the media today on the last day of his police career, Saloi said, �I joined the police force in June, 1984 and have spent more than 34 years in the force. In this long career, I have faced many challenges while trying to enforce law and order. But as a whole, I am satisfied with my career as a police officer.�
Saloi, who also had a stint as senior superintendent of police in Guwahati, said that the changing pattern of crime is now a challenge for the Assam Police.
�When I was new in my career, insurgency was the main challenge for the Assam Police. But now, cyber crime has surfaced as the biggest challenge for us. So there is need for advanced preparedness for the police force along with proper planning and infrastructure. But as of date Assam Police faces some infrastructural drawbacks in the matter of tackling cyber crime,� Saloi added.
The retired police commissioner also highlighted the shortage of manpower in the police, specifically in Guwahati, due to which around 20,000 cases are pending at various police stations under the Commissionerate.
Meanwhile, after taking charge, new Commissioner of Police Deepak Kumar said he would have a sitting with all the police officers of the Commissionerate very soon and formulate a proper plan to tackle law and order in a more effective way.
�In Guwahati, there are so many challenges for the police on the law-and-order front. So, we will have to move forward with proper planning. I will analyse the recent crime history of Guwahati and then decide what to do in the coming days. Moreover, safety of women will be one of our prime objectives and we will work on it further. Our aim is to protect all and investigate all cases promptly and properly,� Kumar said.
On the other hand, in order to ensure proper traffic management in Guwahati, the newly-appointed Police Commissioner has urged all departments concerned and local people to cooperate with the police.