SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the police should be an institution of public reassurance rather than a cause of fear among the masses.
The chief minister said this while interacting with a group of police officers here today. She advised the officers to adopt and popularise community policing to tackle crime. This approach, she said, would also help in guiding youth and dissuading them from venturing on the wrong track.
She said stress should be laid on counselling, advice and interaction in the discharge of police duties. A compassionate and responsive approach with the general population would automatically isolate the criminal elements in the society, she said. She also directed use of modern methods of investigation and crime detection instead of the obsolete ones to overcome any allegation of harassment or excess.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the officers to enhance their public outreach in their respective areas to get a feel of the needs and difficulties of people. She advised them to be in constant touch with village elders and community leaders and be always ready to help them.
Director General of Police SP Vaid, Additional Directors General of Police AG Mir and Muneer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir SP Pani and several senior officers were present in the meeting.