With 2015 coming to an end, the police have made many plans to make Gurgaon a safer city in the new year. In conversation with Leena Dhankhar, Haryana director general of police Yashpal Singhal discusses the strategy.
What will be the police’s priority in 2016?
In 2016, the police will become more tech savvy. This is why a transparent recruitment process has been initiated in Haryana. We have placed an advertisement for recruitment of 7,200 candidates, including 1,000 women personnel.
Are you planning to start any campaign in the near future?
My priority will be to recruit tech savy youths. The efficiency and behaviour of police personnel will improve. We are working on issues concerning women safety and will ensure that crime rate comes down. Spreading awareness among students about traffic rules and cyber crime will also be done.
What are you doing to make women feel safe in the city?
Women should feel safe in the city. We have increased patrolling and deployed women personnel. Also, the new women police station is for them.
A lot of cases of women harassment are reported in the city. How do you plan to address that?
After the start of the ‘Romeo-free city’ campaign, miscreants know that they will have to face serious consequences for harassing women. We do not spare anyone who commits any crime against any woman.
Many women in the city work at night. What measures are being taken to ensure their safety?
The women working at night are to be accompanied by a security guard in the cab. Police women are deployed in different areas. We also deployed policemen in civil clothes. In case of any emergency or untoward incident, a woman does not need to visit a police station. An official will be sent to her office or house for taking down her complaint.
The Gurgaon police are short staffed. What is being done for that?
We will recruit more personnel in 2016 in two phases and Gurgaon will have a major share, nearly 700 personnel, in the first phase.
Are you taking any steps to prevent home robberies?
There has been no major increase in the cases of home robbery. But I would request the residents to install CCTV cameras.
Do you feel home alarms and surveillance cameras really help?
Yes home alarms and the surveillance systems are the need of the hour. Under the Community Policing 2.0 initiative, we are working on installing CCTV cameras across the city.
What are you doing to stop gang wars in Gurgaon?
There is no gang war taking place in Gurgaon and the recent shooting incidents were planned in the Bhondsi jail. Preventive steps are been taken.
What can residents of Gurgaon do to check crimes?
Residents should report any suspicious activities immediately to the police. Their names will be kept secret. Residents should also install CCTV cameras at their houses.