If state home minister R.R. Patil has his way, a trip to the police station may not something you dread or are wary of.
Patil wants a better interface and interaction between his policemen and the common man. On Thursday, Patil held a meeting of senior state and police officials to deliberate on how the distance between the police and citizenry could be reduced. It was decided that the home department will draft a detailed policy mandating dos and donts for the police to ensure better coordination between the police and the public.
The policy will be released within a month. Some of the probable changes would be a friendly attitude of the police, a separate desk at the police station for complaints and a weekly day for community meetings at the local station.
In rural areas, Patil said he would like police officers to have a weekly meeting with prominent residents to listen to their views and complaints.
“The home minister wants police to be cued onto general and social problems within an area. The idea is to improve image of the policemen,’’ said a senior official who was present at the meeting.
Sources in the department said Patil was fed up with the number of visitors who would queue to his office to resolve issues ranging from crimes against elderly to just complaint about non filing of a complaint.
Patil also chaired the first meeting of the recently appointed State Security Commission on Thursday.