The Community Policing Welfare Scheme had not only been instrumental in bridging the gap between the police and the public but also has been able to build its image with the people. This was stated by Urmila Singh, Governor in a colloquium organized at Peterhof here today to mark 150 years of Indian Police.

She said that the initiative taken by the police in this direction has helped building a mutual trust between the police and the people. She said that there was a need to control crime related to women and community policing, interaction and support can help in controlling crime in a big way. She said that Himachal was known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’ and the crime here was far less than other parts of the country. She said that the basic principle of the scheme was that all the citizens should have a say in identifying and solving their problems. It has also helped the police to come closer to the community. It has tried to impart fairness, transparency and impartiality in the working of the police. She said that the State police had to fill the trust-gap with the people, which in real sense would help them to do their duties with responsibility and help strengthen democratic setup of the country.

Earlier, Prithvi Raj, Additional Director General, Armed Police and Training welcomed the Governor and other dignitaries. I.D. Bhandari, Director General Police detailed about various activities of the department and also about the various programmes to be organized during week-long celebrations of Police Welfare Week.

K.C. Sadyal, Additional Director General (law and order) proposed vote of thanks. Satwant Atwal, Deputy Inspector General of Police detailed about community policing scheme in length. S.R. Mardi, Additional Director General of Police, senior and retired police officers and other prominent citizens were present on the occasion.