Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora interacted with over 200 cops at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) grounds and promised to start an academy to prepare their wards for IAS and IPS examinations after talking to the authorities concerned and respectful farewell to retiring cops.
Jai Narayan, a constable with the Batala police, who was the first to talk to the DGP, told him that he had two children and they wanted to become IPS and IAS officers.
He said that he had gone to Delhi for admitting his son to an academy so that he could undergo qualitative study for the IPS examination, but the coaching fee was too high, which he could not afford.
Narayan appealed to the police chief that the department should set up a coaching centre for such children of cops, who want to appear in these examinations.
Impressed at his suggestion, the DGP said he would talk to the authorities concerned about starting the facility out of welfare funds.
Then, head constable Lakhvir Singh told him that he had been working in the department for the past 30 years and have seen several retirements, but it was very sad that lower rank officials did not get respectful farewells on retirement.
He regretted that lower rank retirees get only small mementos and police jeeps do not drop them at their homes even on the retirement day as a token of respect from the department.
“At the age of 58, most of retiring cops become grandfathers and, if the department starts this system, this will send a good message to society where they live,” Singh said.
The DGP liked his idea and announced that this process would be initiated at the earliest.
The state police head awarded both of them Rs 5,000 and Class-1 certificates at the function.
Another cop Rajwinder Singh said that movies usually show the police in bad image that affects them too. Over this, the DGP said it was a serious matter, but asked the cops to work hard with honesty and dedication, which would automatically improve their image among the people.
Following them, several cops gathered to talk to Arora, but the latter asked them to meet him personally at his office if their seniors in districts are not able to address their problems.
Later, Arora inaugurated the new building of Rama Mandi police station at Surya Enclave.
He said that each police district has been given a budget of Rs 1crore to strengthen and streamline the functioning of the department.
The new 3-storey building is spread in around 1,450 square feet and equipped with all modern amenities. The building has an SHO room, a duty room, separate lock-ups for males and females, a record room, an RO system etc.
Arora said that the newly built police station will be a relief for area residents as it has been designed to cater to the needs of the general public under one roof.
The DGP was accompanied by police commissioner Arpit Shukla, deputy commissioner of police Harjit Singh, ADCP-1 Jasbir Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (investigation) Vivek S Soni, ADCP (traffic) Ravinder Pal Singh and ACP Deepika Singh.