Chief asks cops to win peo­ple’s trust

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com CBD BE­LA­PUR:

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Ashok Ku­mar Sharma has set high tar­gets for his per­son­nel for this year, but has stressed that true success will be achieved not with lower crime fig­ures, but by win­ning the faith of the peo­ple.

Speak­ing on his pri­or­i­ties, Sharma said, “Fore­most is our re­la­tion­ship with the pub­lic. I have told my men that both within the po­lice sta­tion and out­side, they should be at their best be­hav­iour with the peo­ple.”

Ex­plained Sharma, “With­out com­mu­nity sup­port, we will not be able to achieve success. Un­less the faith of the peo­ple in po­lice in­creases, the im­proved sta­tis­ti­cal fig­ures will have no mean­ing. The peo­ple have to call us good.”

He added, “As the city grows, the crime fig­ures will go up. I don’t mind if they go up to 7,000. What is im­por­tant is that ev­ery case, how­ever big or small, should be reg­is­tered. We should not turn away any­one.”

On the tar­gets he has set for 2013, the com­mis­sioner said, “Deaths in ac­ci­dents, which hov­ered around 700 a year just a few years ago, has now come down to 334. We are mak­ing ef­forts to re­duce it fur­ther by 15-20% this year, and also re­duce in­juries by prevent­ing ac­ci­dents through aware­ness cam­paigns and ac­tion on the ground.”

Sharma said that re­cent mea­sures had helped bring down chain snatch­ing in­ci­dents, and that he in­tended to re­duce them by 50% this year. He said that ve­hi­cle thefts cases will also be brought down.

Stated Sharma, “While our de­tec­tion rate has in­creased, I want it to go up even fur­ther to at least 65%. The con­vic­tion rate we have achieved is 26.50% against less than 10% in the pre­vi­ous year. Our tar­get now is 33%. Our re­cov­ery of stolen goods, which is at 24%, should in­crease to 35%.”

On the lim­ited per­son­nel at his com­mand, the po­lice com­mis­sioner said, “No po­lice com­mis­sioner will ever say that he has enough men. We are ex­pect­ing more per­son­nel in the coming years as the state government has plans to re­cruit 66,000 per­son­nel in the next five years. We will prob­a­bly get around 1,000 men ev­ery year.”

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