Students interact during the ‘Police Ke Pathshala’ programme held at Little Flower Higher Secondary School Kohima on August 31. (DIPR Photo)
Dimapur, September 1 (MExN): Under the guidance of the Director General of Police, Nagaland a new initiative has been undertaken by the Inspector General of Police (Range), Nagaland Sonia Singh IPS, called ‘Police Ke Pathshala’ to reach out to the student community and create awareness about policing.
According to a DIPR report, this project is envisioned to enlighten the students about the ‘Rule of Law’ and impress upon the paramount necessity of preserving Law and Order for development of the society.
The project emphasizes on schools and educational institutions as its main platform for sensitization on various topics/subjects pertaining to policing.
The initiative first started on August 31 at Little Flower Higher Secondary School Kohima where more than 500 students attended the programme. Issues including Cyber Crime (Cyber stalking, Voyeurism, Defamation, Revenge porn especially against women), Community Policing, Crimes against women, Road safety, Self Defence, Criminal law amendments, Women empowerment, Bridging gap between Public and Police were highlighted during the programme.
It is further envisaged to extend this initiative to all Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges in Nagaland whereby Police officers visit schools and give presentations, hold interactive sessions with the students, conduct Essay Competitions, give out printed materials as well as invite Teachers & Students to get firsthand experience of how the Police Department functions.
This project is necessitated as despite having enactment of good Laws for protection of citizens for Peace and Prosperity, it has remained largely in paper. It is felt that students are the future citizens and the noble ideals of the laws must be ingrained in them for the effect of implementation.
IGP (Range) Sonia Singh also stated that the endeavour of this initiative is to make ‘Public-Police Relations’ a key aspect of Policing, where the image of the police is built as the protector of their citizen’s rights and in their service. “Police Department looks forward to active participation of Staff and Students for better co-ordination and conducive public- police relations,” the report added.