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Basic policing needs revamp: Sharma



Reported by Santosh Jagdev/Edited by Sandeep Sahu

Bhubaneswar, Aug 31:

Expressing concern over the rise in the number of crimes in the Twin City, Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma today said basic policing needs to be revamped to arrest the riding crime graph.

Addressing a press conference at police headquarter here on Saturday, Sharma said police officials from the top to the bottom have to work in close coordination with each other.

Stressing the need to strengthen community policing, the Commissioner said; “Our top priority is to check anti-social activities in each and every locality in the Twin City. Police-public interface has already been started at several police stations to bridge the gap between the locals and police. Intelligence based operations would definitely help the police to prevent petty crimes.”

He also emphasized the need for training police personnel in soft skills to change their attitude and behaviour towards the common people who come to the police station for help.

“We are trying to make the police proactive at all level as sometimes the police are not sensitive and polite enough with the people. IICs have been directed to behave well with the people,” said Sharma adding, “We will impart specialized orientation programmes for the police staff by hiring good professionals.”

The Commissioner said the police are focusing especially on the security of women and senior citizens living in the city. They have increased communication with these two groups by holding meetings during the last three days.

On crime control, he said the Commisionerate police would follow a zero tolerance policy to make the city free from all the criminal activity. “If we fail to check the crime from its inception, it will encourage the activity further,” said Sharma. “We have started using preventive laws an are taking all measures to control criminal activity.”

The Commissioner said the Police Control Room (PCR) system had been modernised recently. Police patrolling will be increased in night hours as well as sensitive hours of the day in the city. “We have already introduced beat patrolling in Bhubaneswar and will shortly introduce it in Cuttack,” he said.

Sharma said measures would be taken to discourage people from drinking in public, especially near liquor shops. Police would make surprise visits to the shops to check the open bar system and to examine the closing time of the liquor shop.

Regarding installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the city, Sharma said that Rs 3 crore had already been sanctioned in the first phase to install 100 odd CCTV cameras at 22 places in the capital. A central control room would soon be set up at the commissionerate office here to keep an eye on illegal activities.

The Commissioner said a special drive would be launched to bust the gangs and to check their illegal trading of firearms. Strict vigil would be maintained on illegal manufacturing units of fire arms, he said.

He stated that they are using breath analyser to test drunken drivers and are giving emphasis on controlling minor crimes which become big later. “We can’t solve the problem over night, but we are committed to making sincere efforts to check criminal incidents in the twin city,” he said.

Maintaining that the Commissonerate is facing a shortage of both manpower and PCR van, Sharma said he would request the Police Headquarters to fill up vacant posts to create specialised units like Special Task Force, Economic Offences Wing and Cyber Crime Unit to check technology related crimes and would also request the State Government to sanction the necessary funds for more PCR vans.