We do a lot more than ar­rest crim­i­nals: Po­lice to stu­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: City po­lice per­son­nel in­ter­acted with stu­dents and ex­plained them the du­ties of the po­lice force on Satur­day.

The po­lice also showed firearms to the stu­dents as part of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Po­lice Rais­ing Day cel­e­bra­tions. Stu­dents, who are gen­er­ally scared of t he po­lice force, were en­cour­aged to ask ques­tions and in­ter­act with the per­son­nel.

“Gen­er­ally, par­ents use the word po­lice to scare the chil­dren. May be this is why so many stu­dents hes­i­tate to speak to us when we are in uni­form. It is nec­es­sary for them to know what the po­lice do apart from ar rest­ing crim­i­nals,” said Sangeeta Alphonso, se­nior in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

“We in­vited more than 200 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools and in­ter­acted with them,” she said.

The po­lice told the chil­dren about their so­cial obli­ga­tions and how they have to sac­ri­fice our fam­ily life for the safety of oth­ers.

“At the end of the ses­sion we asked the stu­dents how many of them wanted to join the po­lice and more than 90% of them raised their hands,” said Alphonso.

Ajay Ku­mar Landge, se­nior in­spec­tor of Vashi po­lice sta­tion, said, “We showed our weapons to around 150 stu­dents. Dur­ing the ses­sion, we asked them what the stu­dents ex­pected from the po­lice and re­ceived a wide range of an­swers.”

The po­lice also or­gan­ised an ex­hi­bi­tion of firearms and other ex­plo­sives near Vashi rail­way sta­tion. Nearly 4,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in t he pro­gramme. The po­lice band per­formed at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi for cre­at­ing aware­ness about dif­fer­ent crimes.

R Katkar, se­nior in­spec­tor of Rab ale po­lice sta­tion, said, “There is an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion at our po­lice sta­tion on Mon­day. We are try­ing to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about the safety mea­sures by putting up hoard­ings at dif­fer­ent places.”

The po­lice will also con­duct a meet­ing at t he hous­ing so­ci­eties, with t he se­nior cit­i­zens and the res­i­dents of the coastal area as a part of the cel­e­bra­tion.

For cre­at­ing aware­ness about cy­ber­crimes, the po­lice have or­gan­ised an aware­ness pro­gramme for the stu­dents at Agri- Koli Bha­van at Nerul on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“Stu­dents fre­quently use the com­puter and the In­ter­net. How­ever, not many of them are aware of the ba­sics of the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act. Owing to their ig­no­rance, they are likely to com­mit petty crimes. So this ses­sion will be help­ful for them,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“We are ex­pect­ing more than 500 stu­dents to at­tend the pro­gramme on Mon­day,” said the of­fi­cer.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice depart­ment’s band per­forms at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi to mark the Ma­ha­rash­tra Po­lice Rais­ing Day on Satur­day.

A po­lice per­son­nel ex­plains to visi­tors about the weapons dis­played at Vashi rail­way sta­tion on Satur­day.

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