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PM Modi sets roadmap to adopt future technologies for grassroots policing at DGPs meet

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the ‘Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv’, in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister on Sunday recommended the constituting of a high-powered Police Technology Mission, under the leadership of the Union Home Minister to adopt future technologies for grassroots policing requirements.

Addressing the valedictory session of the all-India DGPs and IGPs conference in Lucknow on Sunday, the Prime Minister suggested the development of inter-operable technologies which would benefit police forces across the country.

He also suggested positive use of drone technology for the benefit of the people. He emphasised the need for reviewing the SMART Policing concept introduced in 2014 and suggested development of a roadmap for its continuous transformation and institutionalisation in police forces.

To tackle some of the routine challenges faced by the police, he urged the involvement of highly qualified youth to look for technological solutions through hackathons.

The Prime Minister also called for an analysis of all police related incidents and developing case studies, to make it an institutionalised learning mechanism.

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Citing the importance of technology in the lives of the general public, the Prime Minister gave examples of CoWIN, GeM and UPI. He appreciated the positive change in Police attitude towards the general public, particularly post-COVID.

For the first time, as per the directives of the Prime Minister, IPS officers from various States had submitted articles on contemporary security issues, which added more value to the conference.

The Prime Minister participated in the discussions and gave valuable suggestions during the conference.

In the run-up to the conference, various core groups of DGPs were formed for holding discussions on key aspects of national security such as, terrorism, Left Wing Extremism, cyber-crimes, narcotics trafficking, foreign funding of NGOs, drone-related matters, development of border villages and prison reforms.

The Prime Minister also awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to IB personnel.

Earlier, the conference was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister on November 19, 2021, wherein he had awarded trophies to the three-best Police Stations of the country.  The Home Minister participated in all the discussions and offered his valuable suggestions and guidance.

The conference was attended by 62 DGPs/IGPs of States and UTs and DGs of CAPFs/CPOs in Lucknow. More than 400 officers of various ranks attended the conference virtually from IB offices across the country.