On Thursday, SK Maheshwari of Surya Nagar in Ghaziabad was ‘appointed’ the Station Officer (SO) of Link Road Police Station.
Maheshwari caught 20 vehicles that were without proper registration papers or had black film on the car windows. The violators also included errant drivers and those riding triple on a motorcycle.
Later, he ordered the driver of his police jeep and constables to proceed to the congested Anand Vihar-Maharajpur border to streamline the chaotic traffic situation and encroachments in the area.
What seems like the regular job of a police officer is actually not for him to do. Maheshwari is a civilian resident of Surya Nagar and part of a project launched by the Ghaziabad Police.
"It is a new initiative to bring the residents close to policing," Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
So on Thursday evening, more residents of the city from 10 police station areas took over the job of the actual SOs and got down to work.
"We acted strict and managed the situation well and also learnt about the pressures of policing on a daily basis," Maheshwari said of his experience.
While the police jeeps moved on, the regular SOs and SHOs were grilled by the SSP during a meeting held on Thursday evening.
"This activity is aimed at making the people understand what the force experiences on the field and see it first hand how they tackle law and order problems," the SSP said.
Shipra Sun City's Sanjay Singh was given the charge of Indirapuram area.
He decided to secure Atal Chowk in Vasundhara and made several youngsters riding triple on motorcycles undergo 20 sit-ups each.
Singh then proceeded to chaotic traffic lanes near Shipra Mall and managed to streamline the mess within 30 minutes. He also identified a drug peddler and chased him on the street but the peddler managed to give his team a slip.
In all, the 'SOs' scanned 217 vehicles out of which 41 were fined. Some 'SOs' faced resistance and were even offered bribe by some of the motorists.
The SSP added that women residents would also be invited to be a part of the policing activity in the coming days.