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Gandhian policing pays dividend: Chintapalli ASP

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He presents a paper on the subject at an international conference


Policing is an instrument to improve quality of life

The experiment started at Kalakova in Nalgonda in 2008


VISAKHAPATNAM: Gandhian policing, a method being adopted and implemented to bring the police closer to people and dissuade extremists and anti-social elements from indulging in violence, was explained at the global community policing conclave, an international conference held in Kochi a few days ago. Additional SP of Chintapalli Ake Ravikrishna presented a paper, “Gandhian Policing -- a path to rebuild public trust on police-some experiments,” at the conference, attended by 160 delegates from 42 countries.

While following the deliberations during the conference, Mr. Ravikrishna observed that community policing should be aimed at build public trust in police and policing was an instrument to improve quality of life. He said that community policing was equally relevant in extremist, terror and insurgent-affected areas because mass contact alone would instil faith in the system. “Love the people for whom you work” was important. He also came across methods adopted by police forces of some States, like Aswas (assurance) initiative of the Assam police aimed at educating children of those killed by insurgents; Friends of Police in Tamil Nadu; Mahila Dakshata Committees of the Maharashtra police and the Janmaithri Suraksha project of the Kerala police.

“Gandhian Policing is nothing but a global policing initiative. It not only brings people closer to police but also make police more responsible in deliverance of their duty,” Mr. Ravikrishna said.

Continuity

An important point noted was that the moment the officer was transferred, all such experiments were either forgotten or discontinued or neglected. It is time such experiments are studied at micro level, documented and experimented elsewhere to rebuild the public trust in the police to face multiple problems facing the nation, Mr. Ravikrishna said.

The Chintapalli ASP, in his paper said that extremism, lawlessness and activities of anti-social elements were more in the remote areas because of deficiency of trust in the police. Assistant Professor at Coppin State University (US) Michael M. Berlin; IG of Tamil Nadu and initiator of Friends of Police Prateep Philip; human rights scholar from Ghana Wilhemina Mensaw and others appreciated the Gandhian policing concept.

Mr. Ravikrishna explained the several programmes being conducted as part of the Gandhian policing. The experiment started at Kalakova in Nalgonda in 2008 and later the Chellellakosam programme in Parvatipuram in September 2009; Ammapilupu and Ammakosam in 2009; Shanti Kosam and Atmapariseelana Deeksha (at Chintapalli) this year community lunches with villagers and their impact were explained.

Among the senior officers who attended the conferences were Additional DGP Tejdeep Kaur and Director of National Police Mission Ish Kumar from Andhra Pradesh.

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