Bastar Superintendent of Police (SP) Sheikh Aarif Hussain has been awarded the prestigious International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) Award 2017 in Pennsylvania in the ‘Homeland Security’ category for his campaign ‘Amcho Bastar, Amcho Police’.
International chiefs of Police -IACP organization is 126 years old organization of all the chiefs of police in USA with its headquarters located in Virginia.
The IACP Leadership award in Community Policing recognizes outstanding community Policing initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies worldwide. The award identifies and rewards the best practices in Community Policing by recognizing police organizations that use power of collaboration and partnerships to make local, national and global communities safer from crime and terrorism.
The ‘Amcho Bastar, Amcho Police’ initiative aims at bridging the gap between the Police and the tribal communities by assimilating with their culture. At the same time police has focused on neutralizing the Left wing extremist and also by encouraging the ultras to surrender and join the main stream.
SP Bastar Arif Shaikh becomes the only IPS officer to have won this prestigious award in Community Policing twice in a row. The earlier award was won by him when he was SP Balod in 2016 for his Initiative Navodaya. Arif Shaikh has dedicated this award to the martyrs who have sacrificed their life at the altar of their duty in Bastar and to the brave and innocent tribals of Bastar who have supported and collaborated with the Bastar Police in this fight against the Naxalism.