The Challenges of Policing

Policing comes with its own set of challenges, often leaving officers battling stress and frustration amidst their duty to maintain law and order.

There are preconceived notions about individuals in uniform, leading to frequent negative discussions. Despite being a government position with long-term benefits such as a pension, it is a demanding role. Irregular work hours, constant public demands, pressure from superiors, lack of acknowledgment, and inadequate infrastructure contribute to stress and dissatisfaction. Additionally, officers face public and media criticism when issues arise in maintaining law and order.

In the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, however, a unique initiative is reshaping the landscape of law enforcement.

Recognizing the Stress

Stress is a prevalent issue among police personnel, and a decline in mental and physical well-being, sometimes leading to unethical practices. In November 2011, Ms. Rama Tewari of the Art of Living Foundation identified this pressing issue and initiated a series of ‘Stress Management Programs’ for the state’s police force in November 2011.

The Art of Living’s Stress Management Programs

With the endorsement of Home Commissioner Tajom Taloh and Deputy General of Police Robin Hibu, the Art of Living’s Stress Management Programs were introduced to alleviate the burdens faced by police officers. The program, aimed at enhancing mental and physical fitness, received a warm reception.

During the inauguration of the Stress Management Program in Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamune Miso, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, emphasized the importance of prioritizing fitness. His call to action urged individuals to enroll in the Art of Living SMP to enhance personal well-being and perform their duties with a clear mind and robust physical health.

Participation

The program saw enthusiastic participation, with officers of various ranks joining in, with 18 attendees in Namsai, 21 in Mahadevpur, and 13 in Chongkam. Notably, senior officers from various ranks also engaged in the six-day program, partaking in ‘Sudarshan Kriya,’ a potent breathing technique renowned for revitalizing both body and mind.

Participants experienced a notable shift in their mindset and demeanor.

Transformation and Testimonials

The impact was profound, as officers reported feeling refreshed, calmer, and more energetic.

Constable Lemchun Wangpan expressed, ” Mera mann hi badal gaya (I have experienced a complete shift in my mindset.” Constable Sanjay Kumar stated, “I feel rejuvenated, calmer, and more energized.”

ASI M.B. Sunar remarked, “Through this program, I’ve successfully addressed some negative habits and have come to understand the importance of yoga in maintaining our health and morale.”

These testimonials reflect the profound transformation observed in the attitude, personality, and demeanor of the police force. Due to initiatives like the Art of Living’s Stress Management Programs, Arunachal Pradesh now boasts a police force that is not only equipped to combat crime but also embraces its duties with a renewed sense of joy and vigor and an undying smile.