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Former DGP Prakash Singh lauds PM Narendra Modi

for redefining 'SMART' policing

Former Director General of
Police (DGP) Prakash Singh
on Sunday lauded Prime
Minister Narendra Modi for
giving a new definition to
SMART policing during the
DGP/IGPs Conference in
"These concepts are
laudable; they are to be
appreciated and I would
complement the PM with
having come out with this
and new definition of
SMART which otherwise
we have all been using
but in a very limited sense.
But then this has to be
really translated in
practice and its full
implications have to be
understood," said Singh.
"These concepts which he
has encapsulated in the
letters S, M, A, R and T,
they are very
comprehensive and if you
could achieve the
subjective it would mean
a total revolution for the
police, a complete
transformation in the
working and philosophy
of the police," he added.
The former DGP, however,
stated that there was a
need to go into the depths
of these concepts.
"You say that police
should be responsible and
accountable, to whom,
now we have to decide
that. As on date the police
is accountable to the
executive that is the
political leadership and
the bureaucracy. Now do
you want to change the
accountability as
recommended by the
National Police
Commission to the laws of
the land, the constitution
of the country, to the
people of the country?"
asked Singh.
Singh further called for
better coordination
between the two state
intelligence agencies and
also between the state
and the Centre.
"These intelligence
agencies instead of
focusing on intelligence
about the political
opposition they should
concentrate on matters
which concern the security
of the state. There is need
for better coordination
between two state
intelligence agencies,
between the state and the
center and all that the
coordination must
improve. Some tentative
steps have already been
taken in that direction but
a lot more improvement is
called for," Singh further
Earlier today, while
addressing the Director
General of Police/
Inspector General of Police
(DGP/IGPs) Conference in
Guwahati, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi had said
that the police should be
SMART and added that a
good intelligence system
was required for the
nation's defence.
"Police should be SMART
which means, S-Sensitive
and Strict, M-Modern and
Mobile, A-Alert and
Accountable, R-Responsive
and Reliable, and T-Techno
savvy and Trained," the
Prime Minister said.

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