KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Stating that the failure to solve even a single case can dent the image of police despite 90 percent success rate in booking criminals, Prime Minister KP Oli has asked Nepal Police officials to proactively work to maintain peace and security and ensure the safety of the general public.
Addressing a function organized to mark the 63rd Police Day held at Nepal Police Headquarters in Naxal on Thursday, the prime minister cautioned police officials that since failure counts more than success in the eyes of the public, police should leave no stones unturned to ensure effective security. “One mistake can defame the entire organization. Nepal Police should put in more efforts to ensure the security of the public,” he said.
Expressing condolence to the families of the police personnel who made supreme sacrifice in the course of duty, Prime Minister Oli highlighted the need for a new Federal Police Law, which is vital for the transition phase the police organization is currently in. “Nepal Police has to look after both the federal as well as the provinces in this transition period,” he said, “It is high time that a federal police law was formulated.”
Lauding the police over their commendable record in international peacekeeping and controlling terrorism, Prime Minister Oli also emphasized the need for making the police organization modern. “Security agencies should act like the face of the government,” he said, adding that government can be closer to the people only if the police organization worked closely with the public.
At the program, Prime Minister Oli and Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal handed out certificates to the family members of the police personnel who died on duty last year. At the function, former Additional Inspector General (AIG) Amar Singh Shah was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of Nepal Police.
Various dignitaries including Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Attorney General Agni Kharel, Members of Parliament, Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa, Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai, Inspector General of Armed Police Force (APF) Shailendra Khanal, former inspectors general and families of the police personnel who have received martyrdom, among others, paid their condolence to the police personnel who died on duty by offering flowers at the Martyr Police Memorial stone.
Negligence by a few officers is not the negligence of the entire organization: IGP Khanal
At the program, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sarbendra Khanal said that negligence shown by a few police officials should not be taken as the negligence of the entire police organization. “Just because a few police officials were found to be negligent does mean the entire organization is negligent,” he said.
Citing increased workload and lack of adequate manpower as two major problems that the police organization faces currently, IGP Khanal said that Nepal Police in itself is an organization of experts and that it is committed to effectively controlling crime in the country.