Chief asks cops to win people’s trust
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.”