Cases of misbehaviour with cops down by 90% in Ludhiana, say traffic policepunjab Updated: May 12, 2017 10:08 IST
A traffic cop with a body camera attached to his shirt in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Traffic police have claimed that the use of body cameras in the last three days has assisted in greatly reducing cases involving rowdy violators who misbehave with cops, argue with them and in some cases also assault them when they are stopped for a challan.
Incidents of people misbehaving with the cops when caught violating traffic rules have increasingly become common. Some also lodge complaints with senior officers and boast of connections with politicians. So, to monitor such behaviour, body cameras were installed on the uniform of traffic cops. These cameras record all communication between a cop and a violator when the documents are being checked and a challan is being issued.
Inspector (traffic) Beant Juneja claimed that he observed a 90% drop in such cases of misbehaviour with cops in the last three days of using these cameras. Some people also accuse cops of issuing a wrong challan. But the cameras have helped reduce such instances, he added.
He further said these cameras attached on the uniform have also reduced cases in which violators throw around ‘big’ names and approach politicians to pressurise cops.
Assistant sub-inspector Ashwani was witness to an incident of misconduct a day before while he was on duty at Bharat Nagar Chowk. He said, “When I stopped a person from crossing the zebra lines, he started talking to me quite rudely. But when I showed him the camera and said each statement of his was being recorded, he immediately went quiet.”
The department is using five cameras on a trial basis now. These are 16-megapixel high definition (HD) cameras that are visible on top of the cop’s pocket. These cameras can record six-hour videos at a particular period.
Juneja said they came across many cases, especially of drink-driving, when a driver was ordered to stop and they often misbehaved with the cop and later blamed the cop for the same. They also accused cops of asking for bribe. “So, to bring transparency in the functioning of traffic police and to protect cops from such miscreants, these cameras are quite effective,” he added.
Juneja further said these cameras were protected with a password. Traffic cops cannot tamper with the cameras. They submit the cameras with the department after duty hours are over. “We are getting a good response and will increase the number of body cameras in the coming days, he added.
Earlier, when these cameras were launched on May 6, additional director general of police (traffic) MK Tiwari said traffic police in cities such as Amritsar, SAS Nagar and Jalandhar will also get these cameras soon.
Misbehaviour with cops common
On March 16, Ajaypreet Singh, the son of MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains, allegedly misbehaved with assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Manpreet Singh for issuing him a challan for not wearing a seat belt in Model Town area.
When Ajaypreet was stopped for not wearing a seat belt and asked to produce documents, he started arguing with the cop. When the cop opened the challan book to fill details, Ajaypreet allegedly said, “Ah gaddi maujooda MLA di hai, tu kivey challan katenga (this vehicle belongs to the sitting MLA; how can you issue a challan)?”
Police did not take any specific action against Ajaypreet, but videotaped the entire incident and issued a challan.