Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attended the ‘Passing out Parade’ of the 578 cadet sub-inspectors, who have successfully completed 50 weeks of rigorous training at the North Eastern Police Academy, Umsaw, Umiam in Meghalaya on April 6.
The ‘Passing out Parade’ marked a momentous occasion in the life of 578 cadet sub-inspectors of a uniformed service who were honoured with medals and trophies on the occasion.
Sarma said that police service symbolizes courage, sacrifice and dedication as he called upon the passing out sub-inspectors to remember their duty as a police officer which would be far more important than anything else. They must maintain the highest standards of professional excellence, integrity and honesty to live up to the expectations placed on them by society, the government and their own family.
The CM also said that in the course of their service, they would face innumerable challenges and hurdles. But amidst all these, they will have to remain steadfast with the mission to serve society with courage, determination, dedication, commitment and resilience.
He said that efforts are being taken to turn the police stations into a place where people feel free to visit all the time without any inhibition.
“Steps are being taken to ensure that even the women are not afraid of coming to police stations even at 2 am at night. When this type of atmosphere comes to reality, the motto of Assam Police will be materialised,” Sarma was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the CMO.
The CM appealed to the passing out cadet sub-inspectors to go forward in their profession taking this motto before them.
Assam Police have a great responsibility towards helping the government with good governance. He also said that police can play the role of a catalyst in propelling development.
“Keeping this in view, state government over the last 11 months maintained its prime focus on developing robust strategies for stopping the commission of crimes and performing well researched exhaustive and intelligent investigations,” he further said.
He also said that police personnel should be very strict against criminals, but at the same time, they must carry a gentle and humane demeanour to help the weaker sections of society.
The CM said that as a part of a flurry of activities for police modernization, the state government has decided to set up seven forensic science laboratories in Assam along with the adoption of state-of-the-art technology to build a technology-driven police force to deal with the changing methods of crimes and criminals.
He also said that for reducing the workload on police forces, the government is planning to introduce two shifts of duty in all police stations across the state.
The state government is also implementing a project to upgrade the existing Assam Police Training College into a world-class police academy.
Besides, works are at the advanced stage for recruiting 16 thousand youths in the police force. Referring to the first deputy prime minister and home minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who had envisaged a uniform pattern of police training for the whole country which had led to the birth of the magnificent National Police Academy, Sarma said that the North Eastern Police Academy or the police academies spread across the country and the young officers who have passed out are products of the vision and foresight of this great statesman.
NEPA director Deepak Kumar administered a pledge to the passing out officers. Director general Assam police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.