Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta on Friday asked the police field officers to be more proactive in view of the latest internal security inputs received by the department. He was reviewing the state’s law and order with all SSPs and senior police officers of the state in Phillaur. During the meeting, the DGP reviewed the performance of districts on parameters like action against terrorism, organized crime, drive against drugs, untraced murders, rapes and POSCO cases. The meeting also deliberated upon issues like strengthening of security of threatened persons and places in the wake of latest internal security inputs besides targeting Focus Areas in police working, including police station records, police data bases and crime records, screening of police officers, disposal of seized drugs and liquor and case property vehicles. After extensive deliberations with IG Ranges, Commissioners of Police and SSPs at the brainstorming session, the police department has decided to earmark a designated Police Officer, in the rank of ASI/HC/Constable, for each of the 12700 villages of the State. The designated police officer would provide a ready Point of Contact (PPOC) for the people living in the villages of the State. Disclosing this, the DGP further said the names and phone numbers of the Police Officers would be shared with the people by displaying them on the Punjab Police website. The Village Police Officer would visit the village once every week to understand the issues and concerns of the community. In addition, it was also decided at the meeting to set up Women Helpdesks, which will be manned by women officer,in all districts. Designated women police personnl, of the rank of constable and above, will also be deployed in all the 406 police station. The names of these woman police officers would also be displayed on the PP website along with their ranks and phone numbers. These officials would provide the necessary interface, besides acting as a bridge between the police and the people. They would also listen to the concerns and grievances of the people and also provide the necessary police support and security. These officials will seek to replace Zail (a group of villages) System of earlier times, with one ASI/HC looking after a group of 8-10 villages. Apart from this, these officials will keep tabs and gather information about the criminals including their activities and whereabouts, criminals missing from the village etc, drug sale and distribution too. The Village Police Officer would emerge as a friendly village cop and help to build and populate a digital village information system, the DGP added. All the CPs and SSPs made brief presentations highlighting their achievements during the previous year, innovations and projects launched besides dwelling on their future plans. Dinkar Gupta emphasised the need for alertness in the state in the wake of latest inputs about the internal security scenario and issued directions for strengthening the security arrangements of threatened persons and places. The DGP directed the CPs/SSPs to plan daily and lead from the front in the implementation of preventive and offensive measures by being out in the field personally, visiting police stations and sensitive locations. He directed that all Gazetted Officers should be assigned specific duties and SHOs need to be out at dawn and dusk. A review of crime, including heinous crime, cases pending investigation and important/sensational unsolved cases was conducted by the DGP. The DGP, while addressing the field officers stressed upon improving the basic policing in the state by intelligent planning of deployment, night checking of duties, crime mapping to identify “Hotspots”, giving more responsibility to probationary Sub Inspectors, eradicating corruption in the police working, conducting screening of police officers for weeding out as per government instructions, appointing Nodal DSPs for Security, Jail Liaison, Crime against Women, and CCTNS, computerized & searchable Police Station Records and setting-up Police Intranet (Internal Communication System). Listing out the Focus Areas for the working of the police, Gupta outlined improving Police Stations Records, Police Databases and Crime Records, Jail Security, pending Departmental Enquiries, Screening of Police Officers including those who are Habitual Absentees, involved in Crimes and Drug Trafficking, and, reducing the Drugs, Liquor and Vehicles lying in police station malkhanas by disposal of Case Property in accordance with established procedure. He directed a small team of SSPs (Amritsar Rural, Fazilka, Sangrur) to devise and share a computerized proforma for entering the details of Police Station activities in a seamless manner which can be updated at the field level and reviewed by senior officers. Action taken against drugs was reviewed with discussions on recovery of drugs, commercial quantity cases registered and persons arrested, property forfeited, and the backward-forward linkages found. He also directed all SSPs and CPs to give complete attention to to turn Punjab into a drug free state. The DGP rewarded 12 police personnel who have peformed their duties in an outstanding manner by arresting gangsters, cracking important and high profile cases, spreading awareness about drugs, playing role in drug seizures, updating police stations records, conducting Cyber Crime investigation and developing intelligence. Meanwhile, SSP Tarn Taran Dhruv Dahiya, who has done exemplary work on forfeiture of property of drug smugglers and suppliers, made a presentation to share best practices and the processes developed by him and his team in Tarn Taran to build proper cases for forfeiture of properties of criminals. Other SSPs also shared details of the innovative projects and practices developed by them so that they could learn from them and replicate them in their respective districts.