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DGP, IGP meeting begins; Role of Police in Pandemic and Cyber ​​Terrorism Key Focus | India News

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NEW DELHI: The key role played by the police in times of disaster and pandemic, new age crimes such as cyber terrorism and the radicalization of youth are some of the topics to be discussed at the annual DGP and IGP conference that it began Wednesday, authorities said.
Approximately 250 officers at the rank of DGP and IGP from all states, union territories and the central government are participating in the four-day virtual meeting, organized by the Intelligence Office and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval among others.
“Union Interior Minister @AmitShah addressed the inaugural session of the All India DGP / IGP Conference 2020 via video conference today in New Delhi. HM has also awarded police medals for meritorious service to virtually courageous officers, “Shah’s office tweeted.
This is the first time in history, the annual conference of the country’s top police officers is held practically in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The key role played by the police during the disaster and pandemic, new age crimes such as cyber terrorism, youth radicalization and Pakistani sponsored terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir will be discussed during deliberations, which will take place carried out in multiple sessions, an Interior Ministry official said. .
Given that the role of the police during the ongoing pandemic has received healthy praise from all sectors, the meeting is expected to discuss how to improve their knowledge and capabilities to handle natural disasters and such health crises and even help in the campaign. of mass vaccination.
State police chiefs will share their experiences in handling the pandemic and how police have helped people in distress and migrant workers during the national lockdown.
The prime minister is likely to make a special mention of the exemplary work that police personnel have done in the fight against coronavirus, the official said.
According to one estimate, about 80,000 police and paramilitaries were infected by Covid-19 in the country and around 650 of them succumbed to the virus.
Among those infected are some 35,000 paramilitaries and 25,000 police in Maharashtra, India’s worst-hit state. Among the deaths were 100 paramilitaries and around 250 in the Maharashtra Police, almost all while playing different roles during the pandemic.
There has been a considerable change in the format, venue, topics covered, deliverables at the DGP and IGP conference since 2014.
The number of business sessions and topics has increased significantly with the focus on improving vigilance in the service of the people, another official said.
Prior to 2014, deliberations were primarily focused on national security issues only.
Since 2014, these conferences have a dual focus on national security, as well as core policing issues, including crime prevention and detection, community policing, law and order, improving police image, etc., said the official .
Previously, the conference was focused on Delhi, and the officers met just for the conference. Residing in the same facilities since 2014, for a period of 3 to 4 days, has served to build a greater sense of unity among officers of all cadres and organizations.
This year, the virtual conference has allowed an increase in participation from all levels of officers from each state, including the SP rank vanguard officers.
The direct interaction of high-ranking police commanders with the head of government has resulted in a convergence of views on the crucial challenges facing the country and the emergence of workable recommendations, the official said.
In recent years, the topics are selected after detailed discussions with the highest levels of the police service. Once selected, several iterations of presentations are made to DG committees to encourage participation and incorporate ideas from the field and younger officials.
As a result, all presentations are now broad-based, content-intensive, and carry a compelling and actionable set of recommendations.
Since 2015, detailed follow-up on past conference recommendations is the norm and is the subject of the first business session, which was attended by the prime minister and the interior minister.
The recommendations are closely followed by the conference secretariat, led by the Intelligence Office, with the help of the states’ nodal officials.
Starting in 2017, invited speakers were invited to share their knowledge and experiences with delegates.
Speakers from various fields were invited, including management (Ashish Nanda), cybersecurity (Sanjay Katkar), advanced forensic science (JM Vyas), radicalization (Marc Sageman, USA), etc.
Decisions made at the latest conferences led to significant policy changes that led to the improvement of policing in the country, including setting higher standards for effective policing in rural and urban areas, and improved policing methods. modern policing, based on SMART parameters.
The DGP and IGP conference is an annual event in which senior law enforcement officials from the states and the Center meet and discuss important issues.
Modi’s government has been organizing it outside the national capital since it came to power in 2014.
Previous conferences were held in Guwahati, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Hyderabad, Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh, Kevadia in Gujarat and Pune.

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