CHENNAI: City Police Commissioner S George on Monday gave away a cash reward of `16,000 for the 28-member team which swiftly moved from Guindy to the US Consulate within 8 minutes while the former checked the preparedness of the force during times of emergency.
George started with Central Railway station where he ordered a special team to assemble at a point, to check the effectiveness of their preparedness, at 12.30 am on Sunday.
He then proceeded to the US Consulate where he called the team which was stationed at Guindy to assemble to handle a ‘situation’ and the team turned up at the spot within 8 minutes from the time the order was issued and received the appreciation of the Commissioner.
George also checked on the teams stationed near Light House in Marina at 1.10 am before he proceeded to Adyar where he reached at 1.40 am and the midnight inspection continued for a couple of hours covering Kathipara grade separator and Koyambedu.
“We need to assess the preparedness of the force from time to time. Though it is a routine procedure, the effectiveness of sticking to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) was also put to test,” said a senior police official who was privy of the surprise inspection by the Commissioner.
In all, the city has 120 patrol vehicles, 35 additional patrol vehicles, 40 special mobiles. As many as 403 sector beats (one constable and one member of Youth Brigade) are on the city streets, in three shifts, round the clock to keep the order. Besides, there are as many as 38 teams of the Special Forces, including Beta, Bravo, Tango, and Sierra - all controlled by the top brass of the City Police.