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Gameplan ’11: More officers,CCTV cameras

To make the police force more professional and investigation-proficient,the Delhi Police has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to induct 500 sub-inspectors,after surrendering 800 posts of constables.

Responsive policing,curbing street crimes high on agenda,says top cop

To make the police force more professional and investigation-proficient,the Delhi Police has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to induct 500 sub-inspectors,after surrendering 800 posts of constables. The aim,Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta said,is to make the department more ‘officer-oriented’.

The Delhi Police also plans to put a cap on ‘street crimes’ that have increased in the past few months,and focus on ‘people-friendly and responsive policing’ so that people do not complain of misbehaviour or unsatisfactory responses while approaching the police.

“Delhi is a metropolitan city as well as the Capital. Policing here is different from other cities and state capitals. Here,what we need is an officer-oriented policy. Also,if people are afraid of approaching us,there is no point. A complainant approaches us because he or she is in distress. They need to be heard compassionately,” said B K Gupta at the annual Delhi Police conference.

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The Commissioner has instructed an inspector to be present every evening at police stations to collect complaints and act on them. “A police station has three inspector-level officers. One of them should be present there every Saturday and Sunday as well as during the evening hours. I have also directed that cases be registered immediately when a complainant approaches,” he said.

Giving due importance to the common man,Gupta said,“If we are using tax-payers’ money,and need to give them what they deserve.”

Among other strategies to curb crime in 2011 are identification of vulnerable areas,updation of all criminals’ data in a central database,detection of criminals,and revamping beat policing. There would be inter-state information sharing,integrated policing and patrolling as well as extensive use of technology.

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Also,all 59 markets and 27 borders of Delhi are being covered with CCTV cameras,apart from over 265 km of road length being covered by the Intelligent Traffic System project. Officials say a central control room can record everything,including street crimes,which would decrease the pressure on officers on the roads. To avert vehicle thefts,which comprises 29 per cent of Delhi’s total crime graph,the police are planning to increase beat patrolling,night patrolling and special checks,specially between 4 pm and 12 am and then again from 2 to 5 am. “To keep a check on street crimes and vehicle thefts,we will have two officers of the rank of sub-inspector and head constable patrolling in new Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Accent cars,” Gupta said.

“We cannot stop all crime incidents. They will happen. But with better policing,we will work those out quickly,” he added on an ending note.

First published on: 07-01-2011 at 01:31:31 am
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