New Media Launches Nationwide ‘Cop-Community Connect’ Seminars

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J.F. Ribeiro said, “pressure from the community and public can surely bring things on the right track. The Public should be vigilant. Then only will the right police officers be posted to key positions.”

Eminent speakers participating in a seminar on the theme, “Cop-Community Connect for a Safer Tomorrow,” held here today called for continued interaction between the Police and the Public to ensure the safety and security of the city.

The seminar, organized by New Media Communications, publishers of The PROTECTOR magazine, http://www.theprotector.in was the first of a series of such events to mark the second anniversary of the publication, dedicated to the police fraternity and the safety and security of the society at large.

The seminar was attended by among others, super cop Julio Rebeiro, Dr. Rukmani Krishnamurthy, noted forensic scientist, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) U.C. Sarangi, Pravin Dixit, DGP & MD, Maharashtra Police Housing Corporation, Chief Fire Officer H.N. Mujawar and Dr. P. Sekhar, CMD, Micro Technologies (India) Ltd, Ronnie Mendonca, former Mumbai police commissioner and ADG (Retd) Subhash Avate,

Mr.U.C Sarangi called for a closer interaction and building better bond between the Police and the public for a safer society. He also added, “In order to deliver effectively, it is important to be a good leader which is possible only when one has right values.”

Drawing from his vast experience and touching on the issues of police postings and political favours involved in such matters, Ribeiro said that, “pressure from the community and public can surely bring things on the right track. The Public should be vigilant. Then only will the right police officers be posted to key positions.”

Maharashtra’s former DGP D. Sivanandhan, whose address at the seminar was read out in his absence, said, “The key factor is trust. For communities to bond with the law enforcing authorities happily there has to be a good measure of trust. Citizens have to feel secure in the very thought that the police is there 24/7 in their neighbourhoods, mohallas, bastis to take care of them. And it is entirely up to the Force to earn that trust and confidence.”

In his message, Maharashtra DGP K. Subramanyam, who could not attend the seminar described the The PROTECTOR as a significant initiative. “It is an excellent instrument to build communication platforms with communities.“

In her address, Dr. (Mrs) Krishnamurthy touched on the significant strides made by forensic science in the field of criminal investigation in recent years. Talking about the latest developments in this field, she said, “Forensic science, in addition to its application for nailing the culprits, has of late been transformed into technology-driven application in the form of social and preventive forensic for serving the society for a safer tomorrow.”

In his address Pravin Dixit said Representatives of the people play an crucial role in the decision making process. In a democracy different stake holders, including elected representatives, members of the civil society, N.G.Os,research organizations and well meaning citizens have played an important role in decision making. Suggestions made by them to improve police functioning should be taken in a positive spirit .    

N. Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election Commissioner & Home Secretary Government of India said about the occassion, “The human element of Security requires to be addressed by involving the public at large and imparting training to them through sensitization programs like this.”

The seminar also provided an occasion for the launch of the book titled ‘Security Requirements of Mumbai - A National Perspective’, by Dr. P. Sekhar, a technocrat and founder-chairman of MicroTech Global Foundation (MTGF) and CMD of Micro Technologies (India) Ltd, a pioneer in the manufacture of security related products.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sekhar said, “The objectives of this book are to create security awareness among the citizens of Mumbai and equip this dynamic metropolis to meet the security challenges ahead. I do hope that the book addresses the security needs of all segments of Mumbai.”

In his message to the seminar, Sujit Nair, Executive Director, Lowe Lintas, referred to various advertizing campaigns to promote public awareness about the issues of safety and terrorist threats and said, “People living in Mumbai had always been aware that there could be a terrorist attack any time. But today, with the help of the campaigns such as ‘the Alert Mumbaikar’ they are not only aware of impending threats to their safety but alert to their surroundings to prevent them,” said Nair.

A large number of senior police and fire brigade officers, security experts and analysts, members of the public and the media attended the seminar, held at the Indian Merchants Chamber.

Earlier, in a message to The PROTECTOR on the occasion of its second anniversary, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said: “Besides highlighting the good work done by the police, the magazine has also helped in creating awareness amongst the public about the many positive aspects of the police force. In short, The PROTECTOR has successfully connected cops with communities.”

Since its launch on 1 October 2009 on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, The PROTECTOR (http://www.theprotector.in) has strived to promote ‘the Cop-Community Connect’ to ensure the safety and security of the society and the country’s fight against terrorism. The magazine has also taken a bold initiative in bringing out a compendium of speeches by eminent personalities, top Police officials, security experts and analysts, delivered during a series of seminars organized by Mumbai Police in 2010, in the form of a book, titled, ‘Fight Against Terrorism.’

Talking about the seminar, New Media Managing Editor Satya Swaroop said, “The prime objective of the initiative is to create awareness among the people across the country on the importance of Police-Public Partnerships in curbing crime and in fighting terrorism.”

“It is only appropriate that New Media, as part of its commitment to social responsibility, should initiate the launching of the ‘Cop-Community Connect’ seminars nationwide to mark the second anniversary of The PROTECTOR,” he said.

New Media will announce in due course through The PROTECTOR magazine the schedule of the seminars to be held in other major cities across the country, he added.

The seminars are supported by the following partners - Micro Technologies (India) Ltd, Fire and Security Association of India, GFDR, Noble Event, MediaValueWorks India.

About New Media Communications
New Media is India’s largest bilateral trade magazine publishing house covering more than 125 countries across the globe. New Media also publishes a series of community and industry vertical trade journals and magazines. For more information http://www.newmediacomm.com.

For more information, please contact:

Rachana Chowdhary
Founder Director – MediaValueWorks, http://www.mediavalueworks.com
Email : rachana(at)mediavalueworks(dot)com
Cell : +91-9619776084

Satya Swaroop
Managing Editor, New Media Communications
Email: satya(at)newmediacomm(dot)biz
Cell: +91-9820031016

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