With a punchline “Smart Police for Smart City,” the Pune city police on Wednesday finally took a step towards their much awaited social media presence by launching a renovated website, a Twitter handle and a Facebook page.
The renovated website http://punepolice.co.in, Twitter handle @PuneCityPolice and http://www.facebook.com/PuneCityPolice were inaugurated at the Pune police commissionerate by Pune’s guardian minister Girish Bapat in presence of MLA Jagdish Mullick, Pune city police commissioner Rashmi Shukla and other top police officers.
The newly launched website has interactive feature and is much more user friendly, police officers said.
In the past, the Pune city traffic police maintained a Facebook page, which almost become inactive after running for a few months.
After taking charge, the incumbent police commissioner took steps to strengthen the online and social media presence.
Speaking at he inauguration, Bapat said, “Continuous efforts are needed to maintain a positive image of the police machinery in the minds of the people. There should be a bond of trust between and police and people. Police have an issue of staff crunch and effective use of technology and social media platform can help police in reaching people in a better way. It can prove a very effective tool in cases of emergencies.”
Shukla said, “Citizens can put forward their grievances through these platforms, including the website. All efforts will be made to quickly respond to the Twitter and Facebook posts. Google maps tool on the website will help citizens find a nearby police station. The website has interactive features for citizens to directly send messages.”
The website has information about missing, unidentified corpses, wanted suspects, information about various acts, all the forms needed for permissions and permits. The crime branch of the city police will look after the daily communication through these platforms.