Police’s social media campaign helped improve situation: DGP

Police’s social media campaign helped improve situation: DGP
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Reasi: J&K police chief SP Vaid told police recruits on Sunday that “in 2016, social media was misused to mislead people but we have countered that narrative.”
Speaking at the passing-out parade of the 13th basic recruits training course here, Vaid said, “Districts police opened 26 Facebook pages, 180 Facebook pages were opened in police stations besides those at zonal and range levels. We are running 31 Twitter handles as well.”
“This is worth praise across India,” Vaid added. “Everyone is patting the police for this initiative as it helped improve the situation in Kashmir. I won’t say everything has changed but the situation has improved to a great extent. Since 2016, there has been considerable improvement.”
The DGP said that in 2016, stone pelting-incidents haapened at 15-20 places in a day, but “nothing like that happened in 2017 and the year passed off peacefully.”
The DGP also said that at least 9,000 first-time stone-pelters were given “opportunity to take forward their life and pursue a good career.”
“Huge infrastructure is being developed in J&K through police modernisation plan but training centres have been ignored,” he told the chief minister who was present at the ceremony. “The training centres have to be equipped with better infrastructure so that cops, during their service, also get training,” Vaid said.
In 2017, he informed, 20% of JK Police cops were promoted in various cadres. “A huge number of bullet-proof vehicles, jackets, patkay were bought for cops involved in field operations,” he said.
The DGP said 4,957 recruitments were made in police department and “no finger was raised against it (for corruption). Rather, the recruitments are being praised across J&K and it has set an example for other departments,” he claimed. “We have also started a transfer policy in the department and we try to stick to it.”
The DGP informed that the police department has received Rs 5 crore from glGovernment of India (GoI) for various youth oriented programmes.
“We have given directions to all of our police stations to receive the complainant with love and provide him/her with a glass of water before listening to his/her grievance,” he said. “Like the London Police, we want J&K Police to become famous for its friendly behaviour.”