Based on their experiences of investigating certain crime cases in the recent past,the Ghaziabad police are now taking steps to streamline their system.
An assessment was conducted by high-ranking officers who identified certain areas that need to be worked on. With specific regard to Ghaziabad city,senior police officers said,field that needed strengthening were patrolling,response time,visibility,and use of firearms during chase incidents.
In one of the first measures taken in that direction,GPS systems will be fitted on mobile units of the Ghaziabad police. This,a senior police officer said,was to fix accountability on personnel on duty as well to reduce response time to distress calls.
In several instances in the recent past,victims have alleged that personnel did not reach the spot on time. When the men on duty are asked for their version,they have several reasons for their delay,very few of which can be verified. Therefore,we will soon be installing GPS systems on all mobile units. These will tell us the exact location of the police vehicles,and therefore,help fix accountability, Rannvijay Singh,DSP,Ghaziabad,said.
Further,the systems will be connected to the police control room. So,when the control room gets an emergency call,no time will be wasted in deciding which vehicle needs to be sent. The nearest mobile unit will be able to reach the spot as soon as possible, Singh said.
Another problem area that has been identified is the visibility of policemen,especially at night.
It is a well-known fact that Ghaziabad has a high crime rate,especially at night. Personnel are also stretched thin. So,we have decided to provide constables on night with duty high-visibility jackets. While this may seem trivial,it is an extremely important step in curbing crime rate and has been adopted by police forces across the country. The public feels more at ease if policemen on duty can be seen from far. Further,it establishes their presence in an area,thereby acting as a deterrent to criminal activities, a senior officer said.
A third step will be training of personnel to use small firearms.
There have been several incidents,the most recent of which was the Gaur Homes episode,where constables had to chase assailants. In such situations,it is difficult for them to catch attackers carrying heavy rifles. Therefore,we are acquiring .9 mm pistols for the force. Additionally,personnel will be trained in the appropriate way to use these firearms during chase incidents, Singh said.
n There is at least one alleged rape incident that is reported per month at police stations in Noida and Ghaziabad combined
n On an average,in a month more than 20 persons are killed in accidents in Noida with the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway seeing the most number of fatal accidents
n More than 60 per cent of all guns that are used in crime in both Noida and Ghaziabad are locally made,and non-registered
n Both Noida and Ghaziabad police are understaffed by more than 30 per cent