Struggling with shortage of staff, residents’ drive police patrol in Faridabad

Resident associations , business houses, local organisations buy vehicles for police control room, pay for fuel and driver as well.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2016 14:20 IST
Prabhu Razdan
Prabhu Razdan
Hindustan Times
Faridabad,Community policing,PCR vans
Resident associations , business houses, local organisations buy vehicles for police control room, pay for fuel and driver as well.(Representative image/Shutterstock)

Struggling with shortage of staff and patrol vehicles, police in Haryana’s Faridabad town, which borders New Delhi, decided to rope in locals and the effort is yielding results.

Patrolling is now a shared responsibility in Haryana’s largest town, born out of the Faridabad police’s Apni Suraksha Aap Kai Saath (Keeping you safe with your help).

Resident welfare associations, business houses and some local organisations have offered vehicles to act as police control room (PCRs) vans, which are usually the first on the scene, and are also bearing all costs – fuel and driver’s salary.

“It is a good idea -- the best way to connect the police with people in the process, it is doing a great job for security and safety of the people,” PP Mittal, a resident, said.

Recently, a private hospital handed over a PCR van, equipped with GPS, to police. The hospital has also provided a driver and a person to assist him. They wanted to “shoulder some amount of responsibility” in securing the town, the hospital director said.

Two policemen, one of them armed, are deployed with each of the privately managed PCR vehicles.

So, every time someone dials 100 in this industrial town for police, local residents, too, arrive on the scene, to help the person in distress as well as the personnel in khaki.

“It is simply citizens’ participation in governance,” Faridabad’s top police officer Hanif Qureshi said.

The commissioner said under the three-year public-private partnership, PCR vehicles would remain the property of the institute or the RWA but the move would go a long way in building trust with public.

The project was launched on October 24 and three vehicles have been added the PCR fleet. A well-known private school was the first to offer a PCR van along with driver.

“Ten more institutions and RWAs have come forward with the similar proposal who too want to offer PCR Vans along with drivers for patrolling,” Qureshi said.

A footwear company has also chipped in. “The van is equipped with GPS system and any person can call the driver’s cell number during emergency,” a company official said.

Corporates can be part of the initiative under the corporate social responsibility programme, which requires them to undertake welfare projects and campaigns.

With private organisations and individuals sponsoring the vehicles, policing would be more effective, police sources said. “Fuel will be no issue in such privately managed PCR vans as private organisation will bear the cost and also salaries of the employees,” a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

More PCR vehicles would mean greater watch and it would help check crime, the officer said.

Community policing seems to be gaining ground. The Delhi Police recently launched ‘Police Mitra’ initiative in the city’s southwest. The police mitras, or friends of police, are local residents who will act as eyes and ears of the police, helping in preventing crimes. They will visit houses of victims in cases of theft, collect information about school drop-outs and drug addicts and work in coordination with the residents’ welfare associations.

They will also act as a bridge between the force and citizens.

First Published: Nov 25, 2016 14:19 IST