In a major initiative to effectively check crime and to ensure timely medicare to road accident victims in rural areas, the Punjab Police have decided to reduce police assistance response time to 15 minutes, and that too round the clock by November end.
Director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, who was here to preside over the Police Commemoration Day function on Punjab Armed Police complex, said that on the instructions of the state government, it was decided to constitute beat-wise rural response teams in every police station that would cater to the citizens in rural areas round the clock.
"We will provide motorcycles to these teams, which will reach the complainant or the spot within 15 minutes on receiving a phone call from people. The timely police presence on the spot will act as a deterrent in preventing and controlling crime. Besides, it will help us solve crime incidents and address other public grievances," he said.
The exercise, Saini said, would also save precious lives during road mishaps as police could ensure timely medicare to the injured persons.
"There will be dual mechanism on approaching the police - through a state-wide phone number and a local phone number for the response team of the area concerned. We will shortly start a campaign to popularise these phone numbers through print media, TV, radio and social networking sites so that people are made aware of the facility," he said, adding that additional DGP CSR Reddy would supervise its state-wide implementation.
Expressing serious concern over the use of social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to spread ideology of terrorists and anti-national elements, Saini said the state police was seized of the matter. "The false propaganda is regularly being unleashed through these sites. These elements openly reveal their identities while trying to mislead the youth in Punjab. We will take effective steps to save our gullible youth from falling prey to such misleading information campaign," he said.
On inputs about attempts to revive terrorism in the state, Saini evaded a direct reply saying the
state police was in a "strong" position not to allow anti-national elements to engineer such acts. "Punjab is the only state in the world, which had successfully eradicated terrorism and didn't allow it to raise its head again," he asserted.
Commenting on the status of chain- and purse-snatching incidents, Saini said police commissionrates in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar had adopted special approach to checking such crimes and the results were encouraging. "In Amritsar city, only one chain snatching incident was reported in the past three weeks. Jalandhar and Ludhiana also performed well on this count," he said.
Deploring inspector general of police SK Asthana's conduct in using 31 police personnel as "servants" before being handed over suspension orders, Saini said a review was in process to check such malpractices in the police force at all levels. "We will not spare any official, if found guilty on this count," he added.