The second quarterly crime conference of the State police on Monday decided to streamline crime investigation to increase the rate of conviction, particularly in cases related to atrocities against women and children.

The meeting, attended by ranking officers from Superintendents of Police and District Police Chiefs (DPCs) upwards, noted the increase in the number of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the need to strengthen investigation leading to conviction. It also wanted the DPCs and Inspectors General of Police to pay sufficient attention to the reports about increasing man missing cases, that included women and children.

Addressing the conference, State Police Chief Loknath Behera wanted police personnel to give emphasis on making the police station more people-friendly. A mechanism will be set up to examine the progress of implementing the orders related to police station management. The aim is to establish 100 smart police stations.

The police chief said efforts would be made to discourage the practice of working arrangement appointments. Such appointments will be allowed only if there is requirement.

The meeting expressed satisfaction at the general law and order situation, particularly in relation to the fall in the number of political murders. Mr. Behera asked the police personnel to be alert to the moves of certain people to disrupt communal peace and harmony. He promised to constitute special teams to complete investigations into long-pending cases.

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