Mumbai police will soon go online to become more approachable. It will set up dedicated accounts on Twitter and Facebook, so that it can get feedback from people.
The city police in this manner would be following in the footsteps of its counterparts in Delhi and Bangalore, who have already gone the online way. Mumbai police officers said that such pages will also help in countering rumours and fabricated messages which could inflame public sentiments.
“The online presence will help in interaction with the public at large,” said Mumbai police Commissioner Ahmad Javed, while interacting with the media.
Javed then mentioned incidents such as the rape of a model at Sakinaka, as well as the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s (ACB) unearthing of various crimes in which policemen were involved; he said that errant policemen will be identified and action will be taken against them.
“Along with the welfare of policemen, discipline is equally necessary in the force,” said Javed.
He also said that the security of women is a top priority for the police force, and that there is always scope for improvement in the way the police responds to women who reach out to it for help. “We are taking all the necessary steps on this front, and we intend to provide faster response to women in distress once their SOS message is received,” he said.
Police officers said that because there has been a spike in cases of child abuse recently, the police has begun holding awareness and counselling sessions in schools at Antop Hill, RAK Marg, Wadala, Deonar, Shivaji Nagar, Mankhurd, and Govandi, which comprise Zone 4 and 6.
“We are focussing on girls in these schools. We are counselling them to help them identify good touch and bad touch, so that they can bring cases of abuse to the notice of school authorities. Also, we are conducting extensive training sessions for policemen, so that they can better understand the special law, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences,” added Javed.
Against the backdrop of the raids at Madh in Malad, in which couples were rounded up for ‘indecent behavior’, the top cop has also ordered the police force to focus on professional policing rather than moral policing. GRAPHICS: Javed takes charge
The orders issued in connection with people strolling in public places such as beach-fronts after midnight will be reviewed, following complaints by citizens.
All the initiatives begun by Javed’s predecessors to improve the safety of women in the city will continue as before.
Departmental corruption will not be tolerated; Javed said that corruption is the biggest threat which confronts the police force.
With the festive season underway, the police are out on the streets, ensuring that the crowds are orderly and that vehicles are not parked in a way which inconveniences the public and obstructs traffic.
In the wake of Vakola fratricide case, police personnel are being given psychological counselling to reduce their burden of stress and pressure.
Virtual terror and radicalization are serious threats. Javed is likely to formulate a plan of action to tackle these threats soon, based on a detailed study conducted by the state government two years ago.