He also underscored the importance for police to reduce the trust deficit with local communities. Inaugurating the National Community Policing Conclave-2016 at nearby Kovalam, Singh said it was imperative for police to use the full power of social media to its advantage.

They should use it as an instrument to connect with people. "Social media is a power to police. They should use it to communicate with people," he said, adding that however, security personnel should use it with control and discipline.

"It is very important for the police to bridge the trust deficit that exists between the police and local communities. I always believe that the efficacy of any police force lies in its relationship and engagement with the local community," he said.

The Home Minister cited challenges before police were multifarious and changing due to increasing diversity and complexity of crimes on the one hand and rising public expectations on the other.

Besides the law and order issues, terrorism was also a cause of grave concern, the minister said, "Apart from global terrorism, the social changes brought about by the Internet and social media have posed huge policing challenges and have completely changed the way in
which policing is done," he said.

Singh cited while on the one hand newer technologies have enabled law enforcement agencies handle new age crimes and criminals, on the other, it has "hugely empowered" the criminals as well.

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