Pune: As part of the week-long Maharashtra Police Raising Day celebrations in the first week of January 2018, all police units in the state have been asked to highlight the “commitment of the force to improve conviction rate through improved supervision and monitoring of crime investigation and prosecution”.
Maharashtra’s conviction rate in 2015-2016 was 56.87 per cent, according to statistics released by the Home Ministry. Till 2013, it was around 13 per cent.
Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur issued the order in this regard to all police commissioners and superintendents of police.
“As you are aware, Government of Maharashtra has approved January 2 as the Raising Day of Maharashtra State Police. It is necessary for all unit commanders to actively associate in celebrating this day as the Raising Day by organising various programmes from 2nd to 5th January 2018. During this week we should highlight the commitment of the force to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens in Maharashtra with special emphasis on dedicating the coming year to provide a secure environment for women, senior citizens, children, minorities and the socially underprivileged. All unit commanders are requested to host programmes aimed at increased police-community contact,” the DGP's letter states.
Some programmes that could be held this year are rally on women's safety by college students, plays on women's safety and women's self-defence programmes. Police units have been asked to take help of NGOs and universities for the purpose.
Band display and street plays on security issues are on the cards. The officers have been asked to address students in schools and colleges on issues like traffic safety and security matters. The police will also return recovered stolen property.
“Visit of school children to all police stations will be organised where they could have an interactive session with the police stations in-charge, from 2nd January to 5th January. They could also be shown police weapons and other articles of interest and curiosity to children,” the DGP explained.