CM urges police to use social media

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the use of networking platforms by certain groups, to meet their vested interests, poses challenges to urban policing.

Published: 08th November 2013 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2013 03:58 PM   |  A+A-


Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday urged policemen to utilise social networking sites (SNS) to reach out to people during emergencies.

Speaking after inaugurating the two-day All India Conference of Commissioners of Police, the CM said the use of networking platforms by certain groups, to meet their vested interests, poses challenges to urban policing. “At the same time, networking sites can be used by police to ensure law and order, convey messages and manage situations effectively,” he said.

However, he said in recent years, the public has voiced its anger over the way police handled certain situations.

Further he said efficient and effective policing instills a sense of security and justice in people. “Policing is just not limited to enforcing law or making people fear the law,” he said.

Siddaramaiah said many feel police in India serve the interests of an elite minority and are impervious to the needs of the common man. “Many also opine that criminal laws are archaic and so are the rules that govern police administration,” he added.

Home Minister K J George contradicted Siddaramaiah, stating that public anger over isolated incidents of corruption among officers is overshadowing the hard work of the department. “Along with an alarming increase in routine crimes, the force is also dealing with cyber crimes,” George said.

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