Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill,who was appointed as the Senior Superintendent of Police also has an MBBS degree. A 2003-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Punjab cadre,Dr Gill is not new to the city. He served as SP (City I) between March 2007 and February 2008. In conversation with Sharat K Verma,Dr Gill provides details of his plans for Ludhiana:
Please tell us someting about yourself.
An alumnus of Kapurthala Sanik School,I completed my MBBS from Government Medical College,Amritsar. After clearing the Union Public Service Examination in 2003,I got through the Indian Police Service. My first posting was as Assistant Superintendent of Police at Gurdaspur in 2005. The next posting was as Assistant Superintendent of Police in Phagwara. In March 2007,I was given charge as SP City I,Ludhiana and in February 2008,I was posted as Hoshiarpur SSP. This is my second posting as SSP.
What will be your priorities as Ludhiana SSP?
The topmost priority would be tackling the traffic menace,which gives nightmares to people. It is not an easy task to control the volume of traffic,which has incrased over the years.
Do you think you will be really able to control the traffic menace?
I know it is a difficult task and cannot be controlled single-handedly. For controlling traffic,the police need support from both government agencies and public. I hope to seek help from the District Administration and the Municipal Corporation (MC). For example,we will approach the concerned wing of the District Administration for construction and widening of roads and approach the MC for getting encroachments removed from the city roads.
What will be your other priorities?
My other priority is to control the increasing crime rate. I should rather say I would like to cure crime,considering that I am a doctor. When I opted for IPS instead of medicine,I thought that being in the police,I can cure people from crime which is eating the society like cancer.
How you plan to control crime?
The police cannot control crime without support from public. Thus,my approach would be to seek the support and cooperation from the public. The common man,especially senior citizens can prove to be very helpful in this regard,considering their vast experience of life.
How you are propose to provide better policing?
Almost all of our police stations have been computerised. The first information reports (FIRs) are also registered on computers. A majority of police personnel are already being taught to work on computers. Our focus is to make police personnel,especially from the lower rung,more people-friendly so that when a common man approaches him with his grievances,he does not feel uncomfortable.
What are your other plans?
I will try to keep in touch with station house officers of all police officers through video conferencing. Once this starts,they will not have to leave their work and travel down to my office for meetings. This will save time too. All this will be done once I am fully settled.