Trust in Maharashtra Police Diminished, DGP Rashmi Shukla Outlines Restoration Plan

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Mumbai, 10th February 2024: On Friday, State Director General of Police (DGP) Rashmi Shukla acknowledged that public trust in the Maharashtra police has experienced a decline. In a message directed at the people of Maharashtra, Shukla expressed her commitment to restoring this trust and assured that the state police would persistently work to safeguard citizens’ rights.

Shukla took to an open letter, uploaded on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), to convey her message. In the letter, she pledged that the Maharashtra Police, recognized as one of the country’s premier forces, would strive to meet the expectations of the community it serves. The DGP emphasized that effective policing is contingent upon earning the trust and support of the people.

The state DGP affirmed her dedication to upholding the highest standards of professional conduct among all police personnel. She explicitly stated a zero-tolerance policy towards any unjustified acts of violence, exploitation, or misconduct by members of the force. Shukla invited aggrieved citizens to reach out to her office if their concerns were not adequately addressed by the relevant officers, assuring that necessary steps would be taken to assist them.

Currently stationed in Nashik for the state police games at the Maharashtra Police Academy, Shukla convened a meeting with senior state police officers on Friday. While she characterized the meeting as routine, a senior police officer present at the deliberations disclosed that the DGP emphasized the necessity for the police to adopt a more professional approach to enhance the public perception of the force.

Shukla also underscored the importance of prioritizing issues related to women and ensuring the peaceful conduct of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. Police sources present at the meeting revealed that she focused on three key aspects: enhancing professionalism in policing to build public confidence, prioritizing women-related concerns, and strategically planning for the forthcoming elections.

In a notable recommendation, Shukla advised senior police officers to familiarize themselves with the ‘Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita’, ‘Bharatiya Nagarika Suraksha Sanhita’, and ‘Bharatiya Sakshya’. These would replace the IPC 1860, CrPC 1973, and Indian Evidence Act 1872, respectively.