Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS), an intensive rural patrolling system envisioned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, would be operational in the state in the first week of October.
A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting to review the progress of decisions taken by the deputy CM in police review meeting on Tuesday.
Presiding over the meeting, Badal said that this system had to become a model of rural policing as it would reduce police response time to distress calls in rural areas by providing state-of-the-art networking of GPS-fitted fully equipped and manned vehicles with the district control rooms.
Participating in the meeting, Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini said that Punjab police had already received Rs 52 crore sanctioned by Deputy CM for RRPRS and Punjab Police had already placed orders for 724 high acceleration motorcycles, computer server, hardware and software for Rural Police Control Room and Punjab Police had tied up the loose ends to make this scheme a grand success.
He said Punjab Police would divide rural area of Punjab into 724 traditional rural 'zails' with 16 to 18 villages under one zail.
He said one ASI would be in charge of each zail and hewould be responsible for law and order, patrolling of hisown zail.
Saini informed that the total system has been networked and rural police control room would be in total integration with police control room and 3 digit telephone numbers on the pattern of 108 ambulance would be worked out for RRPRS.
He said that by first week of October the RRPRS would be launched throughout the state.