Now in the hot seat, new Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Sanjeev Dayal, says that several areas in the city, from terror threats to safety of senior citizens, need attention.
You are returning to the city police force after nearly eight years. How have things changed?
Last time it was like ancient history. Now it is modern. Let me read it.
What is going to be your priority?
I have not come here with any preconceived notions. There are several key areas in Mumbai that need attention. Terrorism, or countering the same, is going to be a top priority. We have to find ways to make the city safe. Safety of women, children and senior citizens is another key area. I have to sit down with my team and discuss the problems. Only then can plans to address them be chalked out.
How are you planning to push the police modernisation plans ahead?
A lot of good things have been put in place already. Specialised units such as Force One, the QRT [Quick Response Team] have been formed as an effective line of defence against any hostile situation. We will try to put these forces on better footing by improving their mobility.
Of late political violence is becoming a major threat.
How are you planning to deal with political goons and their bosses?
The law and the Constitution are very clear on issues of violence. We will go by the law.
How do you plan to deal with cyber crime, which has posed a new challenge to law enforcement agencies?
Several steps have already been initiated to tackle this problem. We have a dedicated cyber police station and a specialised branch to deal with cyber crime. Obviously, more needs to be done because cyber crime is going to be one of the biggest issues for all enforcement agencies.
Of late, the image of the force has taken a beating on account of corruption. What do you plan to do about this?
Yes, corruption is a matter of concern for senior leadership. There are some thoughts (to redress the issue), but those need to be concretised.
The issue is massive. We need to give it a close look to find solutions.