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Kashmir IG exhorts his men to improve public image

In a bid to better the public image of J&K Police,the Kashmir IGP has sent a tough message to his men stressing the need to “identify men and officers with erratic behaviour and shift them out of law and order duty”.

In a bid to better the public image of J&K Police,the Kashmir IGP has sent a tough message to his men stressing the need to “identify men and officers with erratic behaviour and shift them out of law and order duty”.

The directive comes at a time when the public perception of the force in the Valley is poor as normal policing has been affected due to its role in anti-militancy operations.

The internal communiqué of IGP Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir talks about the list of dos and don’ts to the officers. A copy of the note is available with the The Indian Express. The directive asks them to be people-friendly and make the force accountable and transparent. An IPS officer,Mir recently took over as Kashmir’s IGP. “There is need to identify the men and officers who have erratic behaviour. Such officers/men,whether in CRPF or other forces,need to be shifted from law and order duty and utilized for other duties,” Mir has said.

Mir had recently admitted that the public image of the police is poor. “Despite police working hard and round-the-clock,the public perception is very poor. The behaviour of the policemen inside police stations in not humane and there is need for change in attitude,” he said in the directive.

The IGP has also called for sensitising the escorts of police officers,bureaucrats and politicians. “During the movement of senior police officers if there is a road jam,the jawans accompanying the officer run helter-skelter without any caution and try to clear the jams with their weapons,which is risky and can be catastrophic,” the IGP said.

Pointing to corruption in police stations,he said,“There should be accountability and transparency in the functioning of the police.”

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