Union Home Minister Amit Shah interacts with Probationers of 2018 Batch of the Indian Police Service

IPS must take lead in the quest to remove the fear of police from the minds of the people; Need for human touch and sensitivity in the Police: Amit Shah

Addressing the probationers, Shri Shah encouraged them to be proud to be part of a service that is continuously working to ensure the safety and security of the people. He said that contrary to the image of police portrayed in popular culture, it is these officers, from top to bottom, who are responsible for maintaining law & order and safeguarding the internal security of the country. He said that there is a need for bringing a positive change in the public perception about the police. Shri Shah said that for developing a positive image of the police, it is necessary that young probationers focus on discharging their official duties honestly and make a positive contribution to the betterment of the society.

Speaking on taking tough yet right decisions, Shri Shah asserted that some bold decisions are necessary to be made for people’s benefit, without getting bogged down by the fear of a backlash. He quoted the example of Jammu and Kashmir and said that not a single bullet had been fired or not a single person had died after the abrogation of Article 370. He also added that only 10 police stations of Kashmir, out of 196, have Section 144 in force.

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