MeraNews Network, New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has said, Indian Police Service is one of the pillars of the national administrative system and defines the trust of common citizens in the country's police forces.

Addressing the officers’ trainees of 2017 batch of Indian Police Service at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, President Kovind said that being an IPS officer gives them privileges and powers that are actually tools to serve the people.

President Kovind said, their primary duty is to serve common citizens and ensure justice to the poorest of the poor. He added that as members of an All-India Service, their mandate is to uphold a common concept of the rule of law and of Indian democratic polity. He said they are guardians of not just public order and honest conduct - but of the majesty of the law. He said, governments come and go, but they represent continuity as well as the Constitution.

The President called for making basic policing better which will be the hallmark of a sensitive and professional police force. He said this will help in building an environment where citizens fear and respect the law - rather than fear the law enforcer. President Kovind said police forces must invest in building specialization to prevent, manage and mitigate crimes. He also encouraged the use of technology to provide due service to the citizens.