In what can be said as a novel initiative to control offenses in Visakhapatnam, Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha launched ‘Community Policing with auto-rickshaw drivers. The main objective of this initiative is to bring down crime rates by improving public police partnerships by involving auto-rickshaw drivers. Ch. Simhadri Naidu, Inspector of police, East sub-division, has been designated as nodal officer for the community policing in the city.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Deputy Commissioner of Police V Suresh Babu said that most offenses such as robbery, snatching, kidnapping, and smuggling, committing through auto rickshaws happening in the city during night times. Add to that, 70 percent of the auto-rickshaw drivers in the city are unorganized. Only 30 percent of auto drivers are affiliated with the unions like CITU, AITUC, and INTUC.
About 6000 auto-rickshaw drivers associated with 220 auto stands. We find the majority of the unorganized drivers are involved in crimes,” adds Suresh Babu. So, to make them responsible citizens, police officials decided to include them in the concept of community policing. Through this, we can prevent and detect the crime and control all the illegal activities in the city, said the Deputy Commissioner of Police. At the same time, we keep a close watch on the drivers, who have criminal records and create an auto information portal to gain access with the drivers and their unions,” he adds.
Supporting the friendly policing idea, Symbiosys technologies, Visakhapatnam, as a part of the CSR initiative, developed an exclusive software for this information portal mainly to get all autos data with digital integration to help crack down crime in Vizag city.
Towards this community policing, awareness campaigns will be conducted across the city among the auto drivers to explain how the drivers can assist the police to prevent crime and provide security to society. Tips will be given during the programs on how to share the information with the police such as the movement of the strangers, anti-social activities, and abnormal things.
Apart from this, exclusive day and night registers will be maintained in every auto stand to monitor the activities of auto-rickshaw drivers as well as passenger details. Passes will be issued to the auto-rickshaws which ply on the roads between 10 pm to 6 am, after due verification of the drivers conduct by the respective police stations across the city to control the nighttime offenses.
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