BENGALURU: With the social media’s role in policing is turning out to be a hit, the Bengaluru City Police are planning to start a Facebook page and a website for each police station in the city.
On the occasion of inauguration of the Crime Prevention Month (observed every December) city police commissioner N S Megharikh said, “We are trying our best for greater citizen participation in policing.” This year the theme is ‘Crimes Against Women and Children’.
He said, “The role of people in policing is vital and we are expecting more information from the public, which would help us crack cases easily. On behalf of the police force of the city, I assure you that we have zero tolerance to crimes and we will try to detect these cases and arrest the perpetrators in as little time as possible,” he said.
Stressing on the theme, the commissioner said, “The offences against children have increased drastically.Awareness among the people over these issues has increased.” Stressing on the importance of community policing, DG&IGP Om Prakash said, “Each citizen is a policeman. Citizens’ participation will strengthen the police force and help us protect citizens. Citizens are also duty-bound to help them.”
“Though we use the technology to its best, it is important for us to have a strong relationship with society at the grassroots level. Citizens have to be the eyes and ears of the police,” he said.
Former DG B N Garudachar pointed to complaints of police are not reaching the crime spots on time and the alarming number of vacancies in the department. As part of the mega city project, 152 CCTV cameras have been installed under 16 police stations covering the central business district. Home Department Additional Chief Secretary S K Pattanayak said, “The government had sanctioned `40 crore towards this project. It will cover the entire state soon.”