Jaspal Singh, a 1996-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre has taken charge as new Director General of Police (DGP) on Thursday. Speaking to media, Jaspal Singh said that it is a privilege to serve Goa police again because it has the highest level of professionalism.
He said that he will interact with officers and understand the dynamics of crime and will try to formulate strategies along with his officials which are correspondent to the prevention of crime. “Goa is an iconic State but has challenges. With team, we will ensure that professionalism is exhibited to foreigners and others,” he said.
The DGP spoke on various issues in law and order. Speaking on traffic issues, Jaspal Singh said that after studying the traffic geometry, he will work on traffic safety and formulate appropriate strategy that Goan roads are safe not only for citizens and also tourists.
When asked how the drug scene has changed since his last posting almost two decades ago as Assistant Superintendent of Police, he noted that in general, Goa Police has been able to make a dent in the supplies. “It is much under control. Earlier it was synonymous with drug, but the USP is culture, beaches.”
On the complexity of drug crime, he elaborated that drug trade is a complete chain, sometimes involving international and local peddlers. “We will make sure our force is able to catch the last person in the chain. We will need help of central agencies, neighboring states. It’s a joint effort as it is difficult to bust an international drug cartel. We will try to train our staff for such International crimes.”
Speaking on arrogant behavior of some police officials, Jaspal Singh said that the police force is basically for citizens and he will give emphasis on courteous behavior and soft skills.
With regards to the request for chopper service, he said, that “Chopper service will help Goa Police to keep an eye on large areas at times and it will also help timely help to injured and save lives.”