Serving the public your top priority, Kaito tells cops
KOHIMA, OCTOBER 5
HOME Minister, G. Kaito Aye today strongly asserted that serving and protecting the public is the priority of every police personnel irrespective of his/her rank.
The minister said this while speaking at the inauguration of the new office building of the Superintendent of Police (SP) Kohima on Saturday as the chief guest. He said there was a time when the public feared the police but now the time has come for the police to wake up and be proactive in their duty- cooperating and protecting the public. Aye stated that it was in this connection that the recent streamlining of certain policies in the home department was necessitated. He maintained that the recalling of security personnel and police escort vehicles from VIPs when they are in station is a step to amplify manpower to help in serving the public. “Few ministers were unhappy with me for this decision,” he said candidly. The Home Minister said that this decision along with the subsequent order restricting the number of armed security personnel into the Nagaland Secretariat might cause discomfort to many. However, he said that the most important role of the department is to help the public and the police personnel should be the first to set the example of becoming more responsible.
Asserting that “excuses after excuses” are spoiling the people, the Home Minister made a clarion call to all to reactivate their activities and pressure eachother to see that there is better discipline and enhanced achievements in the society.
He also made a special mention on the establishment of Police Commission in the state and highlighted that the commission will review and look after the activities of the police personnel every two months. He said the commission is the highest body in the police administration and expressed hope that with its recent establishment in the state, there will be more transparency in the department.
Meanwhile, Aye congratulated the SP and rank and file of the Kohima DEF on getting the new office building saying police mobility will be very difficult without a proper administrative building. He further urged upon the personnel to equip themselves in keeping up with law and order issues.
Exhorting the gathering, Director General of Police (DGP) Nagaland, Besüsayo Kezo underscored the need for collaboration between the public and the police. He said the police administration cannot exist without the public as the former cannot generate information and intelligence without the cooperation of the public. He pointed out that the police are “badly understood” by the people because of some police personnel who unfortunately misbehaves while on duty. For this, the DGP called upon all the police personnel to maintain good behaviour and a positive attitude to the public so that they can approach one another responsively.
The new office building of SP Kohima measuring 9600 Sq.ft., is reportedly constructed with an estimated cost of Rs.3.6 crores.
The programme was chaired by SP Kohima, Rothihü Tetseo while additional SP Rhovisie Nyuwi presented acknowledgement and chief engineer Police Engineering Project Vikedosie Kehie gave a brief report on the construction of the building. Earlier, before the Home Minister unveiled the new office plaque, PUBC pastor Vesotsü Rhakho pronounced the inaugural prayer.
A host of dignitaries from different bodies and departments attended the inauguration programme including parliamentary secretary for Law & Justice, Dr. Nicky Kire, MLA and advisor New & Renewable Energy, Khriehu Liezietsu, former DGP, K.Kire, CEO Kohima Municipal Council, Angami Public Organization president, district administration officials and police officers from the PHQ and DEF Kohima.