A month after the launch of the high-tech Noida Patrol Unit (NPU) by Gautam Budh Nagar police, roadside robberies have come down from 8.58 incidents per day between January 1 and March 10 to 7.1 per day, official figures show.
On March 11, the 60-unit squad, comprising sub-inspectors and constables, was deployed to check incidents of chain-snatching, robberies and other street crimes. With body cameras, tactical belts, fibre batons and high-speed bikes, the NPU personnel in navy-blue uniform also maintain law and order and issue challans.
“They are deployed in commercial areas, including markets and offices,” said Dr Kaustubh, Additional Superintendent of Police, (Gautam Budh Nagar).
The units operate in three shifts – 7 am to 9.30 am; 12 pm to 3 pm; and 6 pm to 9 pm. Body cameras provide real-time monitoring. “A couple of times when we stopped and questioned people, it was useful as we could record them. It helps us fight false accusations,” said Ashu Malik, in-charge of the Sector 20 NPU. “In cases of allegations of police brutality, the recording provides clarity,” said Dr Kaustubh.
But one officer said the uniforms are uncomfortable in the summer, and the blue colour is not recognised by people as they are used to seeing khaki.