Beyond duty, police carrying out social work
KATHMANDU, JUL 12 -
Apart from maintaining day-to-day security, Nepal Police has recently been stepping up its presence in social initiatives. Although undermanned, the police have been playing an important role in serving various social and civic affairs.
Police have been intimately involved in various social activities, including cleaning rivers and water sources, organising medicals camps, disaster support, renovating holy shrines and sites of cultural importance, awareness campaigns against drugs and various communicable diseases, anti-smoking campaigns and anti-littering campaigns.
The police have carried out these initiatives in close coordination with local bodies, the public and other stakeholders. These efforts are mainly taking place inside the Capital.
Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Binod Singh said the main duty of the police is to maintain a proper system in society. This also includes working for various social agendas. “Nepal Police has always been involved in social causes. We concentrate on social affairs without compromising our regular duties as we are mostly involved in these issues during our leisure time,” Singh said.
All these social campaigns conducted so far by the police have involved the community at large. Singh said people’s participation places more responsibility on the police to conduct social their campaigns more efficiently.
“Communities trust the police more than other authorities because of the dedication and the expertise that police personnel show in their work. People feel comfortable and safe to work under conditions set by the police,” he said.
Most of these social initiatives are devised by the government and handed over to the police for implementation. Additional plans are devised and approved by the Police Work Division. “Most of the social initiatives are implemented as directed by the government on a national level. Other extra campaigns, which are later approved by our work division, are based on the vision of police officials to address urgent social issues. Every year, we devise social campaigns centred around urgent social issues,” Singh said.
However, there is no government budget allocated for these kinds of initiatives. Singh said a large portion of the budget spent for these social efforts is received from the Police Welfare Fund.
Police officials at the Metropolitan Police Range in Hanumandhoka said around 100 police personnel are employed every day for such campaigns.
Posted on: 2012-07-12 08:33