Much like their counterparts in Ghaziabad,the Noida police are also in the process of embarking on a set of reforms that will help improve policing in the area.
Senior officers in Noida police said the emphasis will be to look at verification of residents in the city,and also recruitment of more personnel for the force.
We have been repeatedly telling the state (UP) administration that for a city like Noida,which is constantly growing,the number of existing personnel is just not enough, SP (city) Noida Yogesh Singh said.
We have been sending proposals to that effect and,recently,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he agrees with the demand and positions will soon be filled up, Singh said.
Currently the Noida police has around 1,500 personnel,including the traffic police. Officers said that unless the personnel strength was increased by another 25 per cent to 30 per cent,effective policing would be a distant dream in Noida.
With the number of robberies in residential areas in Noida going up every year,officers said verification drives have become increasingly important and will be a priority area for Noida police.
Noida,an abbreviation for the New Okhla Industrial Development Area,was earmarked in the 1970s as an industrial satellite area for Delhi.
Officers argue that,over the years,Noida has grown from an industrial area into an affordable residential space close to Delhi. This has brought in a huge number of migrant labourers to the city. A common thread across robberies is that the accused are very often the hired help. Verification drives are,therefore,essential. Not only does verification ensure that people with a prior crime record are not hired,but if they are an accused in a case,they can also be tracked to their hometowns at the earliest, a senior officer said.
An increasing number of robberies and carjacking incidents have thrown up a need for an increase in patrolling,officers said.
Patrolling and visibility of policemen has become very crucial to check crime. Training is being imparted on how to most efficiently patrol across police stations, Yogesh Singh said.
Noida police is also considering re-routing of a majority of new recruits to the traffic police to ensure safer roads.
Safety on the roads is more or less symbolic of the state of law and order in a city. If the aim is to create a safe Noida,the instances of robberies and other on-road crimes must come down,so that people feel safe on the road. For this,extra traffic personnel are essential, a traffic police officer said. Currently,there are only 200 traffic police personnel,as opposed to a required strength of around 600 personnel, a police officer said.