Inspector general of police (IG), Indore zone, Vipin Maheshwari on Monday asked students to use 'Citizen COP' mobile application as a safety measure against crimes.
Replying to a question on girls’ safety during an interaction with students of a school at Sendhwa, Maheshwari asked them to download 'Citizen COP' mobile app and described its working like 'E-Laxman rekha', 'SOS help me', 'report an incidence' and 'call police'.
He said it is a potential technology designed and developed to break the barrier between police and society and provide them better means to ensure their safety and security. When asked as to why it is only the people who fear police and not the criminals, Maheshwari said it is a wrong perception shown in the films and TV serials.
The IG convinced them that there is a big difference between reel and real life. "Films show police personnel Singham, superman, superhuman or very corrupt," he said, adding that police are one part of whole system and definitely need to improve.
He also replied questions asked on domestic violence, missing of kids, child labour, traffic rules, and safety precaution for the girls, smoking on public place and described the rules, regulations, punishments and procedure adopted by police to crack or solve the cases.
A question regarding communal posts that become viral and create panic among people, Maheshwari said there was no proper control over social sites as main servers are USA based. He said China has been successful to eradicate this problem and India is also working on it.
Later, he presided over a meeting at the city police station to ensure the communal harmony in the city. DIG, Nimar range, DK Arya and SP Barwani Tilak Singh were also present.