Kathmandu, June 16
Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal launched ‘Police in Every Neighbourhood’ campaign amid a special function organised here today.
IGP Khanal said the campaign was launched to materialise the point number 6 of Home Administration Reforms Action Plan issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The action plan envisages a drive to develop citizen-friendly police.
“Police should reach every neighbourhood to assure the general public of their service without any compromise on maintaining peace and security,” he said. IGP Khanal also warned police personnel against colluding with criminal elements in society.
This campaign has been developed in such a way that cops will be deployed to prevent any untoward incident by obtaining early information about it. Police will be stationed in neighbourhoods to prevent and control criminal activities in close coordination with the people. Former AIG Govinda Thapa said police should act as a friend of the public to win their hearts in the fight against crimes and social anomalies. Though police are making efforts to combat crimes in society, politicisation of crimes and the recurrence of drug smuggling, hooliganism, violence against women and robbery continue to pose threat to lives and property.
Joint secretary Ram Krishna Subedi at the MoHA suggested to the police to collaborate with the public by making maximum utilisation of available resources to make the campaign a success.
He said the campaign aimed to bridge the gap between the public and police while projecting the cops as close friends of people. The MoHA has expressed commitment to extend all necessary support to Nepal Police for the effectiveness of the campaign.
A version of this article appears in print on June 17, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.