Srinagar: To improve their relations with the public, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have issued at least ten “commandments” for their cops, one of which is to have a more prominent presence on social media.
Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid issued directions in this regard from Jammu a few days ago. He asked police officials to use technology in investigation of crimes, enforcement of law, maintenance of order, and surveillance of cyber space.
Among other directions is one for “calibrated police action to deal with narcotics smuggling/crime against women and traffic management”.
The DGP’s orders come with the motto, “Police for Peaceful J&K”. They are to be implemented from the new year, 2018.
Policemen have been directed to improve their interaction with public on social media “on real-time basis, for effective coordination and grievance redressal”.
The DGP has repeatedly blamed social media for “violence in Kashmir”.
Cops have also been asked to sharpen and upgrade their investigation skills, to meet the new challenges of cyber crime.
Another direction relates to families of slain policemen. Police officials must “ensure all-round welfare of policemen including martyrs’ families and their Next of Kin (NoK) to keep the morale of J&K police high”.
On Saturday, the DGP directed police officers to invite the NoK of slain policemen as ‘chief guest’ at police-sponsored events. He said this at a function where police had invited the little daughter of slain ASI Abdul Rashid as chief guest. Rashid was killed by militants on August 28, 2017.
Another of the DGP’s commandments says that police officials must enhance “police-student relationship” by way of “engaging the students in sports, constructive debates, seminars, skill development and career planning guidance”.
At the same time, the commandments say, “Police must take measures for improvement of surveillance system and information gathering”.
“Emphasis should be on human intelligence at police station level,” the commandments insist.
Police officials have been directed to use social media, besides print and electronic media, for “projection of good work done by police”.
“Young officers must be trained to be the next leaders of the organisation,” the commandments said, asking policemen to wear “correct, clean and smart uniform” and “to have dignity in their behaviour with public”.
“These commandments are aimed to provide better services to the people,” the DGP said.