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Security first: P.C. Haldar, Director of Intelligence Bureau, with women IPS officers at National Police Academy in Hyderabad on Monday.
Security first: P.C. Haldar, Director of Intelligence Bureau, with women IPS officers at National Police Academy in Hyderabad on Monday.

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IB Director P.C. Haldar stresses need for seamless flow of information from the beat constable to the highest rungs of command

Every law and order and intelligence gathering agency needs to be on its toes: Haldar

‘Policing today revolves around higher management skills, anticipation and strategising’

HYDERABAD: Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director, P.C. Haldar said here on Monday that policing with reference to internal security, required close links and active coordination between the intelligence and law enforcement wings.

Although he did not say in as many words, the IB chief was referring to instances of authorities in some States expressing the feeling that they had not received some alerts pertaining to terrorists in recent times. He was addressing a gathering of 32 women IPS officers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP-NPA) as part of its diamond jubilee celebrations.

The dynamics of terrorism and developments in neighbouring nations of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he said had a direct bearing on India’s internal security and hence the need for seamless flow of information from the beat constable to the highest rungs of command. Recalling how India had overcome challenges soon after Independence, he said that with internal security issues changing, every law and order and intelligence gathering agency needed to be on its toes.

“Policing today is no longer a matter of ‘brawn’ with lathi-wielding policemen upholding the law and maintaining peace. It now revolves around higher management skills, leadership, planning, anticipation and strategising. Internal security was now an issue of keeping social order, maintaining harmony and ensuring tranquillity and welfare of citizens,” he said.

He threw an array of questions at the lady officers and asking them to thrash out solutions. They included questions on the need for new techniques, psychological studies to identify and detect crime and larger issues, dynamic network analysis, centralised strategy and de-centralised execution and a new culture of co-operation built on the unique strength and capabilities of organisations.

Mr. Haldar did compliment them, saying by nature had softer skills and their virtues like patience, understanding, tolerance, networking and cooperation. However, he hastened to emphasise that their resources were required as IPS officers primarily and not just as women in the police force.

Director of the Academy G. S. Rajagopal said that till date the NPA had trained 4,100 recruits including 2,585 IPS officers (165 of them women).


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