Bastar police of the Chattisgarh Police Department has bagged the much coveted global award at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) awards held at Philadelphia in US. The Bastar police bagged a special recognition award in the Homeland Security category. The 126-year-old organization holds an annual convention where the best of the police teams are recognized. Categories include exemplary services, forensic sciences and human civil rights, the organization has been awarding the best from across the globe.
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Bastar police has won the best community policing award for their campaign “Amcho Bastar, Amcho Police” which translates to ‘Our Bastar, Our Police’. Hit by extreme violence from the Maoists, Bastar police resorted to community policing to restore peace in the region.
The campaign that was started a few months ago has been very successful in its collaborations with local tribal people to fight crime and insurgency. It also yielded a positive result in the rehabilitation of Naxals, especially the Bal Sangham or the children affected by Left-wing extremism.
These rescued children were admitted into schools for a better future and were counselled, as they were used as child soldiers by the Naxals. Since the beginning of the campaign, Bastar police has killed 4 top Naxal leaders and witnessed the surrender of 461 Maoists.
Bastar SP, Arif Shaikh, who has become the only IPS officer to win this award twice in a row, has dedicated the honor to the martyred police personnel and the victims of Naxal terrorism.
Other police teams which won global community policing awards are: Oelwein Police department, Iowa; Monrovia Police department, California; Roanoke Police department, Virginia; Fujairah Police department, United Arab Emirates; Arlington Police department, Texas.