Commissioner of Police (CP) Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, Tuesday underscored the need for collective efforts by all responsible to fight the menace of extortion in the state.
Tetseo was speaking at the sensitisation programme on community policing under the theme ‘Bridging the Gap’, which was organised by the Commissionerate of Police Dimapur, aided by Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation (DAYO) at DAYO Treasurer’s residence, Indisen village, here on Tuesday.
CP highlighted the prevalence of extortion at various levels and institutions of society and how it was affecting the law and order. Tetseo stated that the police force equally relied on the public, adding that without the public, the police force could not win any case. Although the police receive numerous complaints on extortion, theft, etc., he said that since there were no complainants, the cases were irrelevant or non-existent.
In this regard, CP stressed on the importance of ‘community policing’ and role of public participation in aiding the police force in the fight against anti-social elements.
He, however, lamented that Nagaland lacked a common platform for all Nagas to sit together and discuss issues related to law and order. Stating that tribal organisations and bodies solely focused on their own communities, Tetseo stressed the need for a common platform for the greater good of all Nagas.
Giving a detailed presentation on “Introduction on Community Policing”, Dr. Tiamenla Phom highlighted various legal provisions regarding community policing and discussed various sections under CrPC 1974, Police Act 1861.
Tiamenla also briefed on select sections of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 besides successful models on community policing. She also highlighted on the common misconceptions and challenges of community policing.
In the technical session, resource persons included Bharat Laxman Markad, Temsunochet Changkija, Dr. Tiamenla Phom, Inspector Rose Yanthan, and Sub Inspector (UBSI) Asabo Newmai. Technical session was moderated by Adv. Tiakaba.
Earlier, DAYO advisor, Imtiakum, in a short address, stated that sensing the necessity of helping the traditional police force and to protect people from anti-social elements, DAYO had established a helpline. He stated that community policing was already in action with DAYO.
On the occasion, DAYO felicitated CP Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, on being awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. The programme was chaired by Sentirenla and vote of thanks was proposed by DAYO vice president.