Police chief Neeraj Kumar tweets against street crime

Neeraj Kumar has become the first Delhi Police Commissioner to have a Twitter account.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 12:46:11 am

Neeraj Kumar has become the first Delhi Police Commissioner to have a Twitter account.

On Thursday,he opened his account with a tweet about the launch of a programme,which focuses on engaging youth in crime-prone areas in recreational activities like sports and vocational studies.

His Twitter handle is ‘@delhipolice2’ and his first tweet was: “We launch ‘Yuva’ to engage street children and young adults in constructive activities to wean them away from crime. Need your support”.

The Yuva project was implemented immediately after Kumar took over as the Commissioner of Police on July 1. Through a standing order issued in the second week of July,Kumar mentions that of late,an effort has been made to involve street children and young adults in sports,vocational studies,painting workshops,etc.

In the order,Kumar has said: “The idea behind the initiative has been to wean away young adults and underprivileged children,who take to crime for want of proper educational and sports facilities. This initiative needs to involve NGOs that are working in the resettlement colonies,slums,jhuggi-jhopri clusters,etc,which may have become breeding grounds for juvenile delinquency and potential criminals.”

Kumar said,“The project will involve NGOs,corporate houses and social volunteers. Already,the Delhi Police has procured 11 grounds from government agencies.”

The order states how the effort should not be treated as a “gimmick”,as such initiatives are taken by police forces across the world and have proved to be very successful in bringing the community closer to police and curbing street crime. The order requests beat officers and division officers to help out.

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