The MP IPS association is organizing its first-ever service meet between January 16 and 18. The proposed meet comes close on the heels of the IAS association’s meet, which was held in December.
The meet would begin with a workshop on how to make policing more effective. The IAS meet too began with a symposium but that is where the similarity ends. “Unlike the IAS meet, none of our events will be competitive. The idea is to promote interaction and not competition,” said an officer who is a part of the organizing committee.
The police’s ‘tough’ image too has been kept in mind while planning events, which include activities such as horse riding, rifle shooting, tug-of-war, parasailing and water sports.
Cricket matches and relay races have been planned at the Lal parade ground while a cultural evening will see performances by the IPS officers and their families.
“Police officers cannot be away from the place of their posting for a long time and cannot devote too much time for practicing for the cultural evening,” said a police officer, making a reference to the long hours spent by IAS officers practicing for events in the run-up to the IAS service meet.
IPS officers have been divided in 5 chapters created on the basis of police ranges. Police officers are excited about the events, especially those who are posted outside Bhopal as they seldom get a chance to spend time outside their headquarters with their families.
The IPS association has sent out letters to all officers across the state and those posted at the Centre, informing them about the meet. “The CM has agreed to be part of the programme as well,” said MP IPS association president Pawan Jain, adding, “The nature of our job is such that police officers do not get to spend a lot of time in Bhopal and hence, interaction between officers and their families is minimal, especially in the first 25 years of service when officers are posted outside Bhopal.”
“The meet will help foster camaraderie between officers,” he said.
The IPS cadre of the state has 292 posts, against which about 220 officers are posted in MP.
With the IAS association’s meet becoming a regular feature over the past few years, the IPS association hopes that its meetings will become an annual affair as well.