SHIVAMOGGA: Supercop and ‘Shivamogga Singham’ Ravi D Channannanavar has been transferred. Though several political parties are heaving a sigh of relief over his transfer, the public has been opposing the move to shift the ‘people-friendly’ police officer.
During his 18-month stay in the district as the SP, Ravi had earned both friends and foes. He was known for cracking down on private money lenders, rowdy elements, and stood for reforms in the department. Unlike his predecessors, Ravi took the police department to the doorsteps of people even in rural areas, conducted various awareness meetings in villages, introduced the ‘traffic warden’ system to streamline traffic movement in the city, tried to modernise the department with latest electronic gadgets like drones, CCTV cameras, and other equipment to maintain the law and order situation and other aspects to create awareness among people.
He adopted Koteganguru village and had been visiting the village once a week to monitor the progress. Instead of sitting in an AC room, Ravi Channannanavar preferred to go out and mingle with people to understand their problems.
His office was open to the public. That is why a layman could contact him over the phone and convey his problems.
He is known for inaugurating a first-of-its kind initiatives — cafe, bakery and pharmacy exclusively for police personnel and their family members. Despite shortage of staff, Ravi Channannanavar has made it compulsory for all employees to take a weekly off. These initiatives have made him popular among the police personnel.