THE MOHALI district police have started foot-patrolling at busy markets of the city from Monday onwards. The new initiative is part of a pilot project launched in six cities of the state to tackle petty crimes and boost the intelligence-gathering mechanism of the police. Five teams have been constituted in Mohali for patrolling.
The foot-patrolling teams were flagged off by by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Ropar Range, B L Meena, along with Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal at the PCA Stadium here in Phase 9.
Speaking on the occasion, Meena said five teams have been formed in Mohali, comprising five police personnel each. The teams will patrol the busy markets in the city during the peak hours of the morning and evening. “In the morning, the teams will patrol from 9 am to 11 am and in the evening, from 6 pm to 8 pm. These are the peak hours as criminals, who indulge in snatching and other petty crimes, usually target people during these hours,” he added.
The DIG further said that foot patrolling would enhance police visibility and also help the law enforcers gather more intelligence inputs as well as help to curb petty crimes like snatching and eve-teasing. “Our teams will have more contact with the residents and the teams will go to the areas everyday where the PCR parties could not go,” he added.