Prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiling an acronym with the same letters, urged cops to be strict and sensitive, modern and mobile, alert and accountable, reliable and responsive, and finally trained and techno-savvy. “Today’s police have to SMART, with each letter of the acronym having a definite and specific meaning. Only then will there be a new and big awakening among the huge police force that we have,” Modi said, addressing the 49th All India Conference of DGPs and IGPs here .
Modi also asked the police force to lay more importance on intelligence, and said that there would be minimum need of arms and armed personnel if intelligence was good. “However sophisticated weapons and armed forces a nation may have, but the success in ensuring security to the people depends finally on quality intelligence,” the prime minister said. The prime minister also lamented the poor image police have got in the media, and particularly in the most popular medium of cinema, and even suggested asking film producers to produce films where the image of the police was projected in a positive way.
He also suggested creation of a website for each police station and said these should upload at least one positive story about the police station every week. There are lakhs of acts our police have done which have increased faith of individuals on the police. Why don’t we project them? These will not only boost police morale but also help raise trust and faith in the police,” the prime minister said.