The outgoing Maharashtra director general of police (DGP), Praveen Dixit, who retired on Sunday, in his farewell speech to officers from the state police department recommended involving the city’s residents in policing and using technology as much as possible.
In his speech, Dixit said, “There are two crucial points I would like to suggest. First is to rope in people in policing as much as possible. I did this through the police mitra initiative. Now, we have 2 lakh police mitras. Out of the nearly 12 crore population of the state, even if one crore become police mitras, we will achieve a lot more. I remember how in Nagpur even women came out for night patrolling.”
“The second is to make maximum use of technology. Today, with the mobile applications the Maharashtra police have come out with, complaints can be lodged online for missing mobile phones, vehicles. The use of technology is a revolution and it is up to us to see how much we can use it for effective policing,” added Dixit.
Dixit also highlighted the poor situation of housing for police in the state, adding that there is a plan being discussed for getting additional FSI and ownership of houses for policemen and officers. He appealed to the force to keep away from tobacco and alcohol, adding they should take out 30 minutes for daily exercise.
Satish Mathur took over the charge from Dixit. ADG, state intelligence department (SID), Sanjay Barve and Mumbai CP Datta Padsalgikar in their speeches thanked Dixit for his nearly 40 years of service and highlighted how he played an important role in improving police work related to immigration and how the number of people caught accepting bribe increased tremendously while he was the state ACB chief.