While driving through SAS Nagar for next two days, don’t be surprised if a Punjab Police cop greets you with ‘hello’ and ‘how may I help you?’ This is no miracle. cops who are on security duty during the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit on October 28 and 29 at SAS Nagar have been directed to be “courteous and polite”.
The cops who would be posted on nakas have been directed that in case a vehicle stops, they should greet guests and direct them to the venue politely.
Punjab Police personnel, who are generally considered to be rustic and impolite, are being trained by senior officers to be polite and courteous apart from being briefed about the duties during the two-day summit.
The cops being deployed on duty have been given lessons on mannerism and are being groomed to portray the image of a refined cop before the industry tycoons descend on SAS Nagar for the investors’ summit.
Not just this, they have even been provided basic spoken English and behavioural training to interact with guests. Senior police officials for last one week have been busy briefing the cops of their duties and on “being polite”.
Besides in an endeavour to put the best foot forward, the physical fitness was one of the criteria for the cops who have been deployed on duty, so no bulging tummies and new well-groomed recruits would stand guard for the guests at the venue.
“Policemen deployed on duty at the venue have been given special training to deal with VVIP guests,” said SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.
No khaki please
In wake of the prevailing unrest in Punjab, ISB, SAS Nagar, has turned into fortress for providing security to the corporate honchos and foreign delegates, but all the police personnel deployed would be in civvies.
The well-groomed cops, including women cops, would be wearing white formal shirts and black trousers shunning their khaki uniform.
“Who likes to be surrounded by cops all the time and specially when it comes to business summit, so it has been decided that all cops deployed in the venue will be in formal civil dress, rather than khakhi uniform,” said an officer.
3-tier security cover, 550 cops deployed
For around 600 delegates, including 150 foreigners, a three-tier security cover would be provided, for which 550 cops have been deployed at the venue. Over 550 policemen have been deployed at ISB, airport and on the route leading to the venue. The security cover has been supervised by more than 10 SP-ranked officers. About 25 DSPs and 50 inspectors would keep a vigil, apart from the SWAT teams that have been deployed at the venue to deal with any untoward incident considering the unrest. Taking no chances, cops plan to cordon off the venue and entry to the venue would be strictly by invitation. Nobody without a proper entry pass would be allowed to go near the venue.