Senior police officers of the State on Friday gathered to deliberate comprehensively over the growing violence against women in the two-day annual IPS officers’ conference which began here at the police headquarters. Besides, the police officers are also discussing threadbare over the critical issue of economic offences and the contentious crisis of naxal menace which has been the focus of attention of the force for more than a decade now.

Sources said the conference would also discuss other aspects afflicting Odisha police now like expansion and modernisation of the force, improving training curriculum of the new recruits, and above all motivating the men in khaki, who are now finding themselves at a crossroad when the nature and intensity of the crime in the State have witnessed a sea change.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who also holds the home portfolio, is scheduled to address the valedictory session of the conference on Saturday and is likely to inaugurate some new facilities to boost the crime detection mechanisms, sources indicated.

More than 100 IPS officers, including superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts and officers heading different armed force units are attending the Conference, which is an annual stock-taking exercise of the police.

Sources also maintain that the officers would discuss certain proposals and suggest various plans which would be placed before the State government to adopt them in due course to build a dedicated police strength in the State.

Earlier before inaugurating the conference, DGP Prakash Mishra speaking to waiting media men said the State police is now giving women safety in the State as great priority.

He said child and women desks in all police stations of the State would be in place this year and added that the State government has now okayed a proposal to recruit some 500 women sub-inspectors.