Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday inaugurated the Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute here.
The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and the Indian Police Institute (IPI) aim at embarking a culture of research and evidence-based policing in India and to avoid subjectivity, personal biases and errors in decision-making.
The Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute aim to bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders, including citizens and provide a platform to research, discuss, ideate and seek the answers.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that setting up of Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute has been initiated keeping in mind the security situation of the country. On the occasion of Police Commemoration Day today, he also paid tributes to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the country.
Rajnath Singh said that perception of Indian police needs to be changed so that the common man feels a 'sense of confidence' towards the police instead of perceiving it with a 'sense of fear'.
"The Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute can work in the direction of giving suggestions to change this perception", he added.
Singh said that various Committees and Commissions have been formed from time to time to improve the police system in India and several advisories to the states have also been issued, but the results in this direction depend upon the political and bureaucratic leadership of the country.
"The political and bureaucratic leadership can do a lot to boost the morale of the police forces", he added.
Singh further expressed his deep concern over the increasing incidents of intolerance and violence in the country. He appealed to the countrymen to abide by the principle of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the whole world is a family) which was given by India only, to the rest of the world. Greeting the countrymen on the eve of Dussehra festival, he appealed to the nation to maintain harmony and peace.
Addressing the audience, the Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiju said that the Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute is going to be a world class institute. Terming it as a revolutionary step, he wished that this institute will achieve the objectives it is set for.
Commenting upon the current security situation in the country, Rijiju said that the mindset of the people also needs to be reformed for the system to change. He expressed concern over the increasing crimes against women in the country and emphasized upon the change in the mindset of the society. He also mentioned that the country needs to go beyond the police reforms and certain revolutionary steps are required for change.
The Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute has been set up and registered as an All India Society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. The Society has two divisions namely (i) The Indian Police Foundation (a think tank) and (ii) The Indian Police Institute (a professional institute for research, knowledge management and training).
The Indian Police Foundation: A think tank to deliberate, ideate, strategize, and lead the advocacy towards realizing the much-needed transformational reforms in the Indian Police. The Foundation comprises of professionals and thought leaders from different disciplines, including the police, civil services, media, legal profession, academia and the civil society who bring along their rich experience, diverse perspectives and insights.
The Indian Police Institute: A research and training institute for police officers for the pursuit of professional excellence and evidence-based policing. It will carry out research by jointly involving police officers and academic researchers for better understanding of the issues and challenges that the police face in their daily work.
Prakash Singh, Chairman, the Police Foundation and Institute India and Former DGP Uttar Pradesh and Assam, N. Ramachandran, President, the Police Foundation and Institute India, Dilip Padgaonkar, Former Managing Editor, Times of India, G. K. Pillai, Former Home Secretary, Government of India, Praveen Swami, National Editor, Strategic and International Affairs, The Indian Express and Patricia Mukhim, Editor, The Shillong Times, Member NSAB also addressed the gathering on the occasion. (ANI)