Friday, 14 Feb, 7.25 pm Hindusthan Samachar

Ahead of security threat Punjab Police to launch 'One police officer for one village'.

Phillaur/Chandigarh, February 14 (H.S.): Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta on Friday asked the police field officers to be more proactive in view of the latest internal security inputs received by the department.

He was reviewing the state's law and order with all SSPs and senior police officers of the state in Phillaur.

During the meeting, the DGP reviewed the performance of districts on parameters like action against terrorism, organized crime, and drive against drugs, untraced murders, rapes and POSCO cases. The meeting also deliberated upon issues like strengthening of security of threatened persons and places in the wake of latest internal security inputs besides targeting Focus Areas in police working, including police station records, police data bases and crime records, screening of police officers, disposal of seized drugs and liquor and case property vehicles.

After extensive deliberations with IG Ranges, Commissioners of Police and SSPs at the brainstorming session, the police department has decided to earmark a designated Police Officer, in the rank of ASI/HC/Constable, for each of the 12700 villages of the State. The designated police officer would provide a ready Point of Contact (PPOC) for the people living in the villages of the State.

Disclosing this, the DGP further said the names and phone numbers of the Police Officers would be shared with the people by displaying them on the Punjab Police website. The Village Police Officer would visit the village once every week to understand the issues and concerns of the community.

In addition, it was also decided at the meeting to set up Women Helpdesks, which will be manned by women officer,in all districts. Designated women police personnl, of the rank of constable and above, will also be deployed in all the 406 police station.

The names of these woman police officers would also be displayed on the PP website along with their ranks and phone numbers.

Apart from this, these officials will keep tabs and gather information about the criminals including their activities and whereabouts, criminals missing from the village etc, drug sale and distribution too. The Village Police Officer would emerge as a friendly village cop and help to build and populate a digital village information system, the DGP added.

All the CPs and SSPs made brief presentations highlighting their achievements during the previous year, innovations and projects launched besides dwelling on their future plans.

Dinkar Gupta emphasised the need for alertness in the state in the wake of latest inputs about the internal security scenario and issued directions for strengthening the security arrangements of threatened persons and places.

The DGP, while addressing the field officers stressed upon improving the basic policing in the state by intelligent planning of deployment, night checking of duties, crime mapping to identify "Hotspots", giving more responsibility to probationary Sub Inspectors, eradicating corruption in the police working, conducting screening of police officers for weeding out as per government instructions, appointing Nodal DSPs for Security, Jail Liaison, Crime against Women, and CCTNS, computerized & searchable Police Station Records and setting-up Police Intranet (Internal Communication System).

Listing out the Focus Areas for the working of the police, Gupta outlined improving Police Stations Records, Police Databases and Crime Records, Jail Security, pending Departmental Enquiries, Screening of Police Officers including those who are Habitual Absentees, involved in Crimes and Drug Trafficking, and, reducing the Drugs, Liquor and Vehicles lying in police station malkhanas by disposal of Case Property in accordance with established procedure.

Hindusthan Samachar/ Narinder Jagga

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