‘Eyes and Ears’, the brainchild of Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik, wherein the citizens could provide inputs on any suspicious activities in their area, was launched by the central region of the Mumbai police — Worli to Kurla — on Monday.
Nearly 2,000 citizens, who spend majority of their time in crowded areas of the region, have volunteered to act as the department’s eyes and ears.
“For every police station, we earmarked spots that are usually crowded. People such as shopkeepers or local residents, who are present in such areas for better part of the day, were approached. Those willing to help were then sensitised about things that they should watch out for,” said additional commissioner of police (central region) Vineet Agarwal.
Explaining the role of volunteers, Keshav Patil, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), (zone 4), said, “We have asked them to keep an eye on new people entering the locality, unidentified vehicles parked in the area and on any suspicious conversation that they may overhear. We have provided them with all the necessary phone numbers.”
The volunteers who had been given some basic information about explosives at police station level earlier, have been also sensitised about the basic do’s and don’ts in case of emergency, use of films and other media, added Patil.
The move, however, would add on to the work pressure on the already under-staffed police force.
DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni (zone 5) said, “There is a possibility that the number of calls may increase and on some occasions it may turn out to be a false alarm. In addition to preventing terror strikes, it will help us in keeping a tab on routine crimes in the region and help us develop a good network.”