Home Minister calls for cooperation between Central and State police forces
The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has called for more cooperation between central agencies and state police forces as they work together towards achieving the common objective of curbing terrorism. Inaugurating the annual conference of DGPs/IGPs recently, he urged them to take prompt notice of every piece of intelligence as it is received and develop capacities for addressing the threats posed by terrorism.
The Minister announced that a ninemember standing committee of DGPs headed by the Director of Intelligence Bureau had been set up to suggest ‘Best Practices and Standard Operating Procedures’ for any aspect of police operations/ functioning and also propose/recommend assessments on any contemporary issue of national security.
Shinde also said that there is increasing evidence of resort taken by terrorists to the cyber-space domain. The recent incidents in Bangalore and Pune and other places in India where motivated rumours and irresponsible use of the social networking media posed a new challenge.
The Director, Intelligence Bureau, Nehchal Sandhu, said that the conference has come to be a useful platform whereat police leaders are able to discuss challenges to security and design responses besides taking note of emerging trends that might require greater extension in the days ahead. He also mentioned that the recent approval of a standing committee of DGPs will carry forward the process of professional exchanges in the period between these annual conferences. Sandhu also added that these conferences provide inspiration and encouragement to 2.2 million police personnel across the country.