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FOP Student wing initiative

The Ryan murder case shows that institututional security in schools, colleges and learning centres cannot rely only on private security. It is not feasible to have police security in all institutions. A cost effective solution is to have FRIENDS OF POLICE STUDENTS WING IN ALL SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AND LEARNING CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. it will provide the continual link with local police as well as awareness among all students and staff of the paramount importance of security. Loyola College FOP for instance has prevented any untoward incident in the past ten years of its existence . Any friend on fb or member of public interested in getting FOP off the ground in their alma mater or related institutions , pl get in touch.

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Friends of Police

Such an all-pervasive, overpowering negative image of the police force can be negated and made positive only by initiating a movement in community policing. The movement initiated  in Ramnad district of Tamil Nadu is called "Friends of Police" movement.  The movement was well received among FOPs and  the wider public and voluntary associations. Following the Chief Minister's announcement recently after a state-level conference extending the FOP movement to the entire Tamil Nadu it has received further fillip. It is expected that the movement spread all over Tamil Nadu and India and transform the law and order situation for the better.

All the functions of police are very closely related to the public. The very existence of police is for the public, to protect their rights and to provide them secure and peaceful lives. Thus, the need for mutual trust and support between the police and the  public cannot be overemphasised. Public should feel free to approach the  police whenever their  help is required and the police should be always ready to help the public. But such an atmosphere does not exist as the police are considered as an instrument in the hands of those in power for the maintenance of the status-quo. People do not approach police sometimes due to fear or due to lack of faith in them. There is a need to bring a change in the existing system. The required change is possible through community policing where the  public will be closely associated with the police in their various activities.

Sometimes the arguments of the man in uniform may not be able to convince the general public because of the existing poor image of the police. But the same arguments  from a fellow being can have positive effects. Through 'FOPs'  ambassadors of goodwill are developed to prevent crimes in society.

For such a movement to be successful there are certain pre-requisites. The supervisory officers should show a keen interest. A continuous effort is necessary. Just enrolment as 'members of FOP' would not serve the purpose of the movement. The Public have to be really involved so that it becomes a part of the system. For Friends of Police Movement to be successful it is necessary that the public begin to perceive police as Friends of public.

Motivation

31% of respondents stated they wished to serve the public and the police force. 20% stated they enrolled as FOPs to promote a better police public relationship. 19% stated they joined to secure social status as a FOP. 4% stated they joined due to peer pressure. 6% stated they joined since they were unemployed. Another 6% stated they joined out of a sense of adventure. The service motivation is the predominent motive for individuals to enrol as FOPs.

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Equilibrium Thinking

HOW IS IT THE KEY TO RE-ENGINEERING YOURSELF?

Current success literature talks only of the power of positive thinking but mere positive thinking does not generate sufficient power to overcome the challenge of ingrained negative attitudes and habits, forces, and values. Mere positive thinking does not produce an equilibrium that comes from a habit of self realisation. Mere positive thinking does not accede to the reality of human life.

Equilibrium is produced when positive values or virtues and negative values need to be denied, weakened and uprooted. Ships have anchors and doors have hinges but the human mind which is far more powerful and dynamic has neither anchor nor hinge either to stop and pause or to move on.

The prime statement of EQ thinking "BE AT IT TO BEAT IT" is unique and powerful, it cannot be replicated in any other language to convey so deep a meaning in so simple a way. It is a kind of a mission statement for the human being, to connect to what he should be and what he ought to overcome.

EQ Advantage

It enables one to be proactive- to bring one's moods under the control of his long-term values and goals. It enables one to work on oneself, his psyche, his emotions, his expressions, thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions. It enables one to connect within oneself and also to stay in sync with the environment. It disciplines the mind and creates a sense of well being. The advantage of "Being At It to Beat It" is that we have our character objectives before us continuously. The more we hold character objectives before us, the more they become part of our nature as character attributes. So the system reinforces the character ethic.

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Address

Friends of Police Documentation & Multimedia Training Centre
Room No: 11, 3rd Floor, 'Dharma Towers'
New no: #88, Nelson Manickam Road,
Chennai - 600 094,
Phone: (91)-044-421 86554
Fax: (91)-044-421 86554
Email – friendsofpolice@yahoo.co.in