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HT Ludhiana Live - - Opinion/miscellany - Ash­wini K Mal­ho­tra,

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.

Model Town

DAL­JEET KAUR /HT

Ab­hishek Vi­jay Gupta,

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