KARNATAKA

All-India Police Duty Meet from Dec. 11

BANGALORE DEC. 7. The State police are geared to host the 46th All-India Police Duty Meet, which will begin here on December 11.

The Director General and Inspector General of Police, T. Madiyal, told The Hindu here today that the competitions, apart from the All-India Police Duty Meet, would enable senior police officers to interact with their colleagues from other States. The visit of directors general and commissioners of police from the neighbouring States would help in the exchange of information on the movement of inter-State criminals, he said.

He said the Director General of the Tamil Nadu Police, B.P. Nailwal, had confirmed that he would be in Bangalore at least for one day during the course of the five-day meet. The directors general of police of all other States had been invited, and several of them had confirmed their participation. The duty meet would help the Karnataka police ascertain the proficiency of their counterparts in tackling crimes. Besides, there would be informal discussions on border crimes, particularly with the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu police, he added.

Mr. Madiyal said the competitions during the duty meet here would be in six categories: scientific aids to investigation, police dogs, police photography, videography, computer awareness, and anti-sabotage checks. Competitions in use of rifles and revolvers were conducted by the Central Reserve Police Force in October, and a police band competition would be conducted in Jammu and Kashmir later.

Karnataka is organising the All-India Police Duty Meet for the fourth time (the State was the venue in 1961, 1981, 1993, and 2002). The Duty Meet is an annual event hosted by various States by rotation, and the competitions are restricted to fields of professional interest. The Karnataka police have excelled in several fields, particularly in the area of scientific aids to investigation.

Mr. Madiyal said 31 States and Central police organisations such as the Central Reserve Police Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police had confirmed their participation. About 1,000 police professionals would compete in the events, and about 100 senior police officers from various States would be in Bangalore to attend the events which were part of the duty meet. Twelve trophies and 54 medals would be given to winners, he added.

The Director, Intelligence Bureau, is the Chairman of the Duty Meet, and a Central team prepares the guidelines for the meet.

A feature of the police duty meet will be an information technology exhibition showcasing the progress made by various police organisations in using IT.

The Minister of State for Information Technology, D.B. Inamdar, will inaugurate the exhibition on December 12.

The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, will inaugurate the police duty meet on December 11. The Home Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, will preside. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on December 15. He will present the team championship trophies.

The venues of the competitions are: scientific aids to investigation: Forensic Science Laboratory, Madivala; police dogs: City Armed Reserve, Audugodi; police photography and videography: Karnataka State Reserve Police complex; computer awareness: Bangalore Mahanagara Palike complex on Hosur Road; and, anti-sabotage checks: Karnataka State Reserve Police headquarters. The judges for the competitions will be drawn from various police organisations.

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