Gopal B. Hosur, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), said on Tuesday that naxalite activity has come down significantly in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur districts.

He was speaking at a farewell function for him organised by the Udupi district police here.

Mr. Hosur said that communalism coupled with underworld activity was a deadly cocktail. Both these problems should be dealt with firmly. Intelligence gathering was of vital importance for effective policing. All superior police officers, including superintendents of police, should lead by example. “If the police officers at the helm of affairs are not honest, one cannot blame the constables for corruption. The police force should be positively aggressive,” he said.

There should be no communalism in police force. A secular policy in the police would go a long way in maintaining harmony in society, he said. Police officers should discuss problems with their subordinates. A bottom-up approach was always helpful. Technology would play an important role in future policing, he said.

One of the major problems in the Western Range was lack of good residential houses for police constables. Superior officers should stay in the houses of constables for a day to know their problems.

This would also improve their bonding with the constables, Mr. Hosur said.

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