To ensure better policing and surveillance, besides improving cordial relations with denizens, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh started the police 'beat system' on Tuesday.
The spurt in crime-related incidents over the last few years as kept the city police on its toes. With the beat system, the police aim to check the rising crime graph, besides strengthening its network.
Briefing on the new system, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, told HT: "Though it is a traditional system, it will strengthen the police force and reduce crime rate. Police personnel will be in close contact with residents."
Stating that the entire city had been divided into 97 police beats, the police commissioner, added, "The beats will have 194 constables and 74 officers. They will maintain a record of all banks, ATMs, dhabas, proclaimed offenders, dubious persons, details of minors in their respective areas and traffic issues. The officers will also establish cordial ties with residents falling under their beats."
Aulakh further stated that beat officers had been issued special badges, handcuffs, batons and a set of guidelines to be followed by them.
Answering a query, the police commissioner, said, "Through the beat system, the police can gather more information by garnering peoples' support. The police personnel have already been trained on the new system."
To ensure better results, Aulakh, said, "Beat officers will not be transferred for at least one year. This way they can discharge official duties efficiently and maintain cordial ties with residents."
"The beat officers will conduct foot patrolling in their respective areas. This will help curb crime-related incidents such as snatchings and eve teasing," he added.
A beat is the territory and time that a police officer patrols. Beat policing is based on traditional policing and utilises the close relationship with the community members within the assigned Beat to strengthen police effectiveness and encourage cooperative efforts to make a safer community. Beat police typically patrol on foot, bicycle or motorcycle which provides more interaction between police and community members.
Improves community's quality-of-life
Increases police accountability
Promotes better police-public ties
Cities with beat system
Police beats 97
Beat officers 74
Working hours 9Am to 9PM
Given special badges, handcuffs, guidelines. Will conduct foot patrol