From left: Winning police station in-charge from Manipur and Arunachal holding the trophy

Tinsukia: Three police stations (PS) from the Northeast have made it to the top 10 best performing police stations in the all-India rankings released by the Government of India on Thursday.

Popular for its community-oriented policing, the Nongpok Sekmai PS in Manipur’s Thoubal district was adjudged the best police station in India.

Congratulating the police department on its feat, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted: “The award is in recognition of the professionalism, hard work, dedication and community oriented policing by the #ManipurPolice.”

The Kharsang PS in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district bagged the third spot, and the Pakyong PS in Sikkim’s East District, popular for its efficient and very helpful personnel, ranked seventh.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also took to Twitter to share the news of the achievement. “Happy to know that #Kharsang police station is declared the third best in the country by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India in its 2020 survey. I congratulate @ArunachalPolice, Officer-in-Charge, Police Station Kharsang and its staff for the exemplary work!,” Khandu tweeted.

Director General of Arunachal Pradesh Police RP Upadhyaya congratulated K M Das, Officer-in-Charge of the Kharsang PS, staff of the station and Changlang police for this achievement.

Sikkim Police’s Deputy Inspector General (Range) Prawin Gurung expressed pride in the department’s feat and Pakyong PS for making it to the list. “It’s a proud moment for Sikkim as well as our police department. This is the first time a PS from the state has been selected among the best in the country,” he told EastMojo.

Talking about the survey, Station House Officer at Pakyong PS, Jigmee Wanghcuk Bhutia said, “There have been random anonymous surveys since the initiative on awarding police stations was announced. Officials come in observational mode to try and test the police station on its functioning. They also seek public opinion and it seems we have excelled in our services.”

Pakyong Police Station

The ranking of top-10 PS out of the 16,671 in India was carried out by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the same was virtually presented by Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday.

The Home Ministry followed a two-stage process for the rankings. The first stage involved selection of three police stations from states with over 750 PS, two each from all other states and Delhi, and one each from the Union Territories.

They were then adjudged on the basis of rate of conviction in cases of crimes against women, crimes against SCs/STs, as well as property offences, missing persons, unidentified found person and unidentified dead bodies.

In the second stage of the selection process, performance was measured based on parameters like crime prevention and proactive measures, disposal of cases, maintenance of public order, infrastructure assessment and citizens’ feedback.

Others that made to the top-10 list included the AWPS-Suramangalam PS in Tamil Nadu’s Salem City, Jhilmili (Bhaiya Thana) PS in Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur District, Sanguem PS in South Goa, Kalighat PS in North & Middle Andaman District of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Kanth PS in UP’s Moradabad District, the Khanvel PS in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Jammikunta Town PS in Telangana’s Karimnagar District.

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