File image of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma held discussions with the Home (Police) department about improving existing infrastructure in the outpost police stations and battalions.

Sangma on Tuesday informed that they discussed ways to improve the existing infrastructure in the outpost police stations and battalions that already exist. They also delved into ways to train manpower and improve the current system without expanding it.

There will be another round of consultation with the SPs, and within a week to ten days, the top brass will take a final decision on this first part of improving the existing outpost, police stations, battalions, and other issues.

Sangma added that another issues was the expansion of the overall presence of outpost in different critical zones and also the filling up of posts and manpower required to make things more efficient in most districts.

Regarding new battalions, the CM said, “We are examining those aspects and seeing what are the financial implications, the support that the government of India will give, the different rules and regulations that are into this. We need to balance out also the entire decision making of investing in the existing system and augmenting the existing system, and creating new systems, and try to see how best we can use the limited resources that are there to get the maximum benefit in all these three areas.”

The government is committed to strengthen the police system infrastructure, upgrade the manpower, increase manpower where it is required and expand wherever it is possible so that they have a much more robust police network system in place, he added.

Sangma added if the resources were unlimited, they would like to go for the 7th or the 8th battalion, as well as women’s police everywhere, cybercrime, and traffic stations everywhere.

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