With a view to enabling residents of the district to have direct interface with police authorities, the Karnal police are planning to introduce a phone-in radio programme with the help of local FM channels.
Newly-appointed superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Nain told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that the programme would enable residents to air their grievances or suggestions fearlessly with the district police authorities.
"Karnal has two private FM radio stations and I will convene a meeting with their authorities to allot a time slot for the police's social initiative. The programme may be named 'Hello Police' in which people will be invited to call on particular telephone numbers to raise any issue and I will try to answer all questions asked in a given timeframe," he said.
The initiative aims at image makeover of the police by assuring better assistance and support to the community.
Nain, a 2007-batch IPS officer who was previously in-charge of the security of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is believed to have been handpicked for posting in Khattar's home constituency of Karnal.
He said that the phone-in programme would be a regular feature and he would explore the possibility of a similar programme in association with the local cable television networks.
Nain said that radio was a better option as it had a wider audience and people could chip in with their mobile phones.
Nain had first exploited the services of a radio station during his posting as Mewat SP where he experimented with a dial-in with police programme in 2012.
"Radio Mewat is a community broadcast station and it was chosen for the 'Hello Police' initiative. It invited an impressive response from all sections of the society. In fact, the police's broadcast initiative in Mewat was even appreciated by the information and broadcasting ministry for bridging a gap between the community and police," said the SP.
He said that social media platforms would also be used as interactive tool for greater public participation.
DRIVE AGAINST DRUGS
Meanwhile, the SP told reporters in his maiden media interaction on Wednesday that his top priority was to make Karnal a drug-free district.
He said that like other places, Karnal also faces the problem of supply and consumption of illegal drugs.
He called for community participation in the drive against drugs and drinking in public places.
"Drugs are not just a law and order problem but also a social nuisance. While the police intend to work with iron hand with the drug peddlers, we will be keen to rehabilitate the addicts with the community support," he said.
'USE SMARTPHONES TO NAIL CULPRITS'
Nain urged the residents to take pictures or audio-visual clips of anyone indulging in an illegal practice for necessary police action.
"Be it violation of traffic rules or anyone asking bribe or any other violation of law, people may please send us a proof on police helpline (97299-90755) on WhatsApp and we assure action against the accused," he said.
However, Nain admitted that the Haryana police, including Karnal district, faced considerable shortage of policemen.
"While a state like Delhi has 90,000 police personnel, Haryana has only 60,000 cops. Amid all these challenges, we expect greater public participation in making Karnal a crime-free zone," he said.