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Enroll ex-servicemen, retired cops for patrolling
The police commissionerate system has not helped in lessening crime in the city. Hardly any day goes by when one doesn’t hear or read about crimes ranging from petty thefts to organised gangs committing robberies.
Since crime cannot be eradicated from any society, we can only hope to reduce and control the nature and impact of crime on society. This can be achieved by a multi-pronged approach.
First of all, there should be more patrolling by the PCR and the police officials concerned in their areas at regular intervals 24 hours a day. Since there is a shortage of police personnel, who also have to perform other duties, such as VIP duty, court duties, etc., more cops should be recruited without delay.
Help of retired police personnel and ex-servicemen can also be sought. College cadets can also be enrolled.
Secondly, a gazetted officer, even a retired one, should be deputed in the city to help the police, and be given powers for immediate fine or arrest depending on the nature of crime.
Thirdly with the help of the area police station, mohalla /area defense committees can be formed and residents asked to employ more watchmen. Lastly barriers or nakas should be placed at every entry and exit point of a colony.
These should be manned by the retired police officials, ex-servicemen and watchmen round the clock. Funding of these nakas could be done by the area residents. One wouldn’t mind paying to be safe. The mere presence of such nakas and patrolling will prove to be a determent to criminals.
Abhishek Vijay Gupta,