1 October 2020 : The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced the launch of the “Assam Police Sishu Mitra Resource Center” during the Assam Police Day celebrations in Guwahati on the 1st of October 2020.
The Center is a collaborative effort of Assam Police , USTAH Child Rights Org and UNICEF.
The Assam Police Sishu Mitra Resource Center (SMRC) is a comprehensive support and resource center with an objective to facilitate smooth access to justice for children. This intergrated Center is innovative and the first of its kind in India.
This Center will provide technical assistance to Investigating Officers to handle all child-related cases more efficiently and within the timeline mandates of law.
The Center will also provide training on child related laws and procedures to Police Officers across the State.
Apart from this, the Center will also facilitate counselling services to help police officials deal with stress and anxiety related mental health issues, which in turn can enhance work efficiency and effectiveness.
The program is chaired by the DGP Mr. Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, and convened by ADGP(Admin) Mr. Harmeet Singh. The IGP(CID) Surendra Kumar has been appointed as the Nodal Officer of the Center.
UTSAH Child Rights Org will day-to-day provide techincal assistance to the Center in terms of technical resources. UNICEF would provide knowledge support to the Center. The Center will be stationed at the CID Office of the Assam police
This initiative is part of the larger Assam Police Sishu Mitra Program, a child-friendly policing intiative by the Assam Police, that was launched by the Chief Minister of Assam in 2019.
According to data from NCRB 2016, 2017 and 2018, an average of 5000 children become victims of crime or come into conflict with law in Assam per year, and subsequently come into contact with the Police System. Therefore, the Center will play a pivotal role in facilitating world-class response services to children coming in contact with the Police.