Research into public expectations of policing in the city has previously highlighted a strong preference for a highly visible police presence in most parts of the city. Visible policing will help prevent crime by deterring would-be wrongdoers. Keeping this possible aspect in the mind, the city police has embarked on a number of projects to improve visible policing by leveraging high-end technology for better results.
Accordingly, the commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha has selected 23 key locations from Lankelapalem to Anandapuram, where a police vehicle equipped with GPS and VHF sets will be posted round the clock mode and it will be tracked from Command Control Centre on a real-time basis. Within a gap of two minutes, we will get an update from these vehicles. A clear cut and fixed map will be given to vehicles to patrol a distance of 500 meters every one hour and stay put at the location for an hour,” Mr. Sinha said. “The aim is to make palpable presence felt and at least one constable in the vehicle will be a first responder in times of a crisis or an untoward incident,” he added.
Another important initiative started by the City Police is the ‘sub-control’ system. All these 23 police stations under the Commissionerate will have mobile sub-control centers, comprising of two constables in a police car or on a motorcycle and will be given a defined area for patrolling, and they will cover busy areas like RK Beach, YMCA, AVN College, and Jagadamba Junction. Each constable will be on a 12-hour shift and the controls will work round the clock. The vehicles are GPS-enabled and can be monitored in real-time from the Command Control Centre.
“Apart from being the first responders, they will also perform the duty of enforcement while on patrol,” he said. E-Beats is another initiative started by the City Police. There are about 112 law and order e-beats and 38 crime e-beats. The motorcycle-borne policemen will be given a tab, loaded with the Agile App, which was developed by the City Police.
The position of the e-beats is plotted by the respective station heads and their position can be tracked, checked, and verified from the CCC” said Mr. Sinha. To create awareness among women on various aspects such as Disha App, women police constables will patrol the Beach Road and public places on hoverboards and bicycles.
“Having hoverboards at our disposal, every evening, two women police constables will go around the Beach Road, meeting women and educating them about the emergency app and other safety measures. We will also have 75 bicycles and women constables will use them to spread awareness among women,” he said.