Underlining the dangers of low conviction rate in the country, former union home secretary G K Pillai said that crime rate in India will increase exponentially in future.
Participating in a two-day national-level workshop on "Safe and Secure Metropolitan Cities" organized in a collaboration between the Amity School of Urban Management and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) here, Pillai said when the the conviction rate was as low as ten to twelve percent, which means that 90 percent of the people accused of crime are eventually let off, crime was bound to flourish.
Drawing attention towards the unfair recruitment processes and training facilities for police personnel, Pillai pointed out to the complete lack of sanctioned trainers in police training colleges across India, where different police officers are sent as attachments for a week or so.
Resultantly, he said the level of basic investigations by police is very low in India.
Even after 60 years of independence, not a single road accident is scrutinized scientifically by police.
Talking about rampant corruption amongst police officials, Pillai acknowledged the political pressure borne by the police, which force them to act as per the political will, but at the same time, stressed that even if few IAS officers take a stand and don't budge from it, the system will start changing for the good.
BPRD Director Anand Prakash, during the occasion, highlighted the rising crimes against senior citizens in the city and suggested that surveillance from landlords, neighbors, RWAs and local community has to be increased in addition to the efforts of police.
He expressed that all the participants of the Workshop must have been enriched by the discussions and deliberations that took place during the six sessions of the workshop and called upon them to take the suggestions and recommendations of the Workshop to their respective institutions and try to bring about changes at micro- level.
Also present during the valediction were Major General K J Singh- Group Vice Chancellor, Amity Universities and Mr. S.P. Jakhanwal, IAS (Retired.) -Director General, Amity School of Urban Management
The valediction was preceded by technical sessions on "Urban Police: Effectiveness, Image and Visibility", "Role of Civil Society/ Security Agencies in Safekeeping of Cities ", "Urban Design and Planning for Urban Safety" and "Disaster Preparedness and Management in Big Cities" by eminent IAS/IPS/IFS officers across the city.
Sharing his views, former Delhi Police Commissioner M B Kaushal suggested a few measures which could lead to effective leadership by police, including accessibility of people to all ranks of police officers.
He called for a meaningful engagement between the police and various segments of society, including senior citizens, lawyers, students and youth, besides regular interaction with public through forums.
He also suggested that police should have meaningful engagement with media, which should be given right and timely information to ensure that Police's version also appears in the story and the people, after reading the reports, should get the clear and true picture of the situation.
Dr. Sudhir Mishra, Additional Commissioner of Police, Kolkata shared his views on the relationship of police and public in Kolkata.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satish Sahney lambasted the negative image of the police and opined that the image of police is not good. He claimed that hundreds good deeds done by the police gets washed away because of the media. He stressed that police are not effective, and they are just carrying out day to day duties with whatever constraints they face, brushing under carpet their shortcomings.