Shri S. S. Virk, IPS,
Director General of Police,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In its onward march towards globalization, universal peace and progress, society is crucially dependent upon certain institutions, which veritably from its backbone. Be it a democracy, a theocracy, an autocracy or a communist state or any other form of government, the police constitute the cutting edge regulatory interface and most important pillar upon which rests the entire edifice of all progressive societies. Being the executive or the regulatory arm of the government, it becomes the duty of the police to enforce, protect and uphold the law of the land from the grassroots up to the highest level. At the same time, this most visible organ of the government is also the most vulnerable. In Indian parlance our legacy of policiting in Mughal & British times, as a strong arm of the government, needs metamorphic changes as a sensitive & acceptable entity. For this reason, it is imperative that a conscientious police officer should view himself somewhat like Caesar's wife: not only should he be upright and just, but also appear to be so, with an acute sense of understanding of a vibrating and developing society.
The post-independence era has witnessed the evolution of the Punjab Police as a robust, cohesive and capable force, always prepared to take on the challenges thrown up by the changing times. The spirit and manner in which the Punjab Police successfully controlled the deadly scourge of terrorism in Punjab proved to the world that nothing is impossible. But now, fresh challenges await us. Our population, stagnant economic growth and increasing unemployment pose a serious threat to the moral fabric of our society. Lack of opportunity has lured many a frustrated youth towards drugs, crime and an easy life devoid of moral values. The modern criminal is much better equipped, smarter, more desperate and consequently, much more dangerous. To prove equal to the task and to sustain the faith of the individual in the system, it is imperative that each police officer conducts himself as a thorough professional. Coupled with this, revolution in communication technologies, Internet, Cable TV & explosion of the written word has suddenly turned our backwater rural & complacent urban society into a very well exposed & knowledgeable entity.