Jalandhar(Wishav Warta): In a step aimed at enhancing vigil in the city to keep a check over law and order situation in the city besides strengthening Police-public connect, the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate today launched the ‘City Patrol’- a foot patrolling scheme in the city.
Launching this unique initiative from Model Town market, the Police Commissioner Jalandhar Praveen Kumar Sinha today said that the step was aimed towards enhancing better Police-people connectivity. He said that this effort was aimed at checking the petty crimes besides instilling a sense of confidence and trust amongst the people. Sinha said that this initiative was the brainchild of the Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Suresh Arora who has directed that this should be started in six big cities of the state including Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Patiala and Mohali.
The Police Commissioner said that under this scheme 12 teams of the Police officials have been constituted with a male and female Police official. He said that these teams would patrol on foot in the congested areas of the district along with the interior bazaars. Sinha said that in case of any sort of emergency in these areas these teams would ensure rapid action by immediately reaching on the spot of crime.
The Commissioner of Police said that these officials would be equipped with ultra-modern gadgets and equipments to deal with any sort of urgency. He said that besides a weapon, baton and handcuff these officials would also have an arm band to show their identity. Likewise, Sinha said that these officials would also have a Tab with VAAHAN and Beat Book App loaded in it for their facilitation, better communication and performance.
The Commissioner said that these Foot Patrolling or Beat Patrolling has been an intrusive part of policing and perhaps was the oldest tradition in policing. He said that this patrolling would increase Police visibility in urban areas, and hence, ostensibly deters crime adding that it would also enhance citizens’ feeling of safety. Likewise, Mr. Sinha said that it would also encourage greater contact with community and facilitates relationship-building between officers and community.
The Commissioner of Police also said that this system would also be fruitful for improving Police Officers’ job attachment besides enhancing enforcement and problem solving capacity of Police officers. Likewise, he said that it would also reduce citizen complaints and frivolous lawsuits besides increasing legitimacy of Policing.