Guwahati: Government of Assam would confer \u201cChief Minister\u2019s Special Services Medal for Outstanding Services in a Crisis Situation\u201d and \u201cState Disaster Response Medal\u201d to honour dedicated and committed services of Assam Police personnel. CM Sarbananda Sonowal announced this while attending the \u201cAssam Police Day\u201d celebration as chief guest at 10th APBn campus at Kahilipara in Guwahati today. Chief Minister Sonowal also announced the institution of annual health check-up for all police personnel apart from setting up \u201cSishu Mitra Resource Centre\u201d to provide technical assistance to investigating officers to handle all child-related cases efficiently and within the timelines. CM further launched several initiatives including \u201cOne Post One Number\u201d, a single point telephonic contact by providing a permanent mobile number to all field level posts and all senior posts which have a direct contact with the public to ensure prompt and responsive service delivery and \u201cCyber Safety Month\u201d, a month-long campaign to create awareness on cyber safety among citizens, particularly youth. Sonowal also released a telephone directory containing numbers of the field level posts under \u201cOne Post One Number\u201d initiative and a report titled \u201cNew Dimension in Policing: The Case of Assam Police as Frontline anti-COVID Workers\u201d which catalogues the citizen-centric strategies and response of Assam Police to the public during the first four phases of novel corona virus-induced lockdown in the State. During the celebration, the CM further informed that the Government of Assam has enhanced ration allowance of Assam Police personnel from the rank of Followers to Inspectors from the existing Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2000 per month with effect from 1st October 2020. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal lauded the role played by Assam Police to mitigate crisis situation especially during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic. He said that Assam Police with its dedicated services have set examples of valour and sacrifice in society and earned people\u2019s trust and confidence. Underlining the commendable role played by Assam Police in maintaining law & order and safeguarding people\u2019s lives and properties, the Chief Minister said that their services during COVID-19 pandemic set a new benchmark in public service. Around five thousand police personnel suffered from COVID-19 and as many as 21 succumbed to the disease, which exemplified the dedication, commitment and courage of the Assam Police, the Chief Minister observed. The Chief Minister said that fighting against numerous challenges like insurgency, drugs menace and crimes against anti-social elements, women and children, poachers etc., Assam Police made many breakthroughs. Chief Minister Sonowal at the same time urged the police force to maintain the integrity and perform its responsibilities in the perfect manner of a \u2018friend in need\u2019.