October 24, 2020

Police booths at crime hotspots

Patna: The city cops will soon start “hotspot policing”, under which dedicated police booths will be set up at places where criminals assemble and hide.

The round-the-clock booths will be equipped with wireless sets, sufficient vehicles and personnel. They will work under the supervision of a deputy superintendent of police, whose selection process is underway.

Deputy inspector-general of police (DIG), central range, Rajesh Kumar said the new system will start from next Monday.

“The data compiled from crime-prone areas will be analysed to identify the hotspots. The idea is to contain crime and ensure safety and security to the residents in least possible time,” the DIG said.

The booths will have database of house owners, tenants, hotels, restaurants, public places and suchlike. Primarily 15 hotspots have been identified where almost 70-80 per cent of crimes are generated from.

The DIG said that the policing system was being implemented in Patna on an experimental basis.

“The same system will be introduced in Nalanda later based on the feedback from the residents of Patna,” he said.

Last week, DIG Rajesh also started the process of grading all 76 police stations in Patna district.

The performance of the police stations will be assessed after 15 days and the three top ranking stations will be rewarded.

Disposal of cases pending for investigation, execution of warrants of arrest or property attachment orders, arrest of criminals operating in the area are among the parameters of assessment.

The DIG said that the cops posted at the three worst performing police stations would be deprived of posting in the field for six months and sent to the police lines.

Station house officers of the three best performing police stations will be rewarded with Rs 10,000 cash, five days’ leave and better posting.

The results of the grading will be announced after July 10.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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