Taking serious note of growing cases of snatching and other petty crimes, the city police commissionerate on Sunday geared up to check the activities of anti-social elements by adopting beat system in areas under each police station. Dedicated and trained beat officers have been appointed for different segregated beats of a particular area.
"In the existing system, a huge communication gap between the public and police was noticed and everybody was directly approaching senior officials even for the small works. To bring reforms in the police, it has been decided to appoint public-friendly beat officers for each locality," additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) and nodal officer of the beat system, Diljinder Singh Dhillon, told Hindustan Times.
"Three weeks' extensive training was imparted to as many as 342 beat officers of all 14 police stations falling under the commissionerate and all officers are provided with a special beat book, in which all officers will have to record several details including bad characters of the area, number of institutions including restaurants, hospitals, banks in the particular area with name of heads of such institutions," he added.
Beat Officers would be answerable to any crime occurring in their area and they would conduct door-to-door survey to gather information, besides introducing themselves to the area people, he said.
Concerned officers will be responsible for any type of investigation in the cases pertaining to their beat, he said, adding that each beat would comprise at least three cops.
Ultra modern gadgets would be supplied to the beat officers soon, Dhillon added. Each beat officer would be provided a multi-purpose/tactical belt, tactical mirror for inspection of vehicles, tactical baton, American styled hand-cuffs with automatic lock, LED torch, Swat shoes and hand-held walkie-talkie set with earphones, he added.
"The constables will perform patrolling duty on foot from 9 am to 9 pm and they would always be in touch with police stations of their respective areas. The gadgets given to them are to increase their confidence. The baton provided to them is very small and would hang from their waist. However, it could turn into a metre-long iron rod within seconds, if they wish. Similarly, handcuffs are also a technology marvel. They all equipped with wireless earphones attached with their walkie-talkies and hidden in their turbans," Dhillon added.
It is pertinent to mention here that on November 27, director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini had himself introduced the beat system at two police stations as a pilot project and taking cognisance of the success of the project, same was being adopted in entire city.