Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday called upon the police to adopt a citizen-centric approach, but asked them not to spare those indulging in anti-social activities. Patel, who inaugurated the two-day Gujarat Police Conference at Gandhinagar, said police need to deal sternly with anti-social elements, including gamblers and bootleggers.The conference was attended by all the top police officers of the state, including district Superintendents of Police (SPs), Inspector Generals (IGs), Additional Director Generals of Police (ADGPs) and the state Director General of Police(DGP) P P Pandey, among others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The police force needs to come out of its image by taking into confidence citizens for getting positive results. Police should work towards restoring the dignity of the police department,” an official press release quoted the Chief Minister as saying.”Mere presence of men in uniform should instill fear among anti-social elements. At the same time, common men should feel safe and secure while stepping into a police station,” she said.The Chief Minister said that state government has earmarked Rs 38 crore in this year’s budget to set up one ‘smart police station’ in each district and also to open new police stations wherever required. Patel asked the officers to arrange citizens’ visits to police stations to send across a message that their life is safe hands.Meanwhile, talking to reporters after the inaugural ceremony, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Rajni Patel said that several experts were also invited to share their knowledge with police officers.”Apart from experts, senior officers with vast experience and knowledge will share their experiences and knowledge with others at the conference. One of the main focus areas of this conference is about maximizing the use of latest technology to detect crimes and maintain law and order,” the minister added.

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Instill fear among anti-social elements: Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel to cops