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Obsolete police beat system to get new lease of life in Chandigarh  

There are 146 beats in the city where more than 300 police personnel of various ranks have been deployed but the manpower is not enough to ensure proper house visits, patrolling in the area and gathering inputs. 

punjab Updated: Feb 10, 2018 13:15 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Beat boxes are the smallest police units to handle grievances of a specific area. Cops will be deputed at the beat boxes to address complaints.(Anil Dayal/HT)

With the police battling criminals who are striking at will across the city, the police beat system is set to get new lease of life, rendered obsolete for the past many years attributed to lack of manpower.

“We are working towards reviving the beat system,” said Nilambari Vijay Jagdale, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Chandigarh.

During the meeting of the Standing Committee of Administrators Advisory Council on law and order held on Tuesday, the members had advised to strengthen the police beat system and intelligence system in Chandigarh police to check the crime more effectively.

In 2018, 37 snatchings, 78 vehicles have been stolen and 32 thefts have been reported in the city, instilling fear among the citizens. This crime graph has made the authorities to revamp the beat system to make police, public interaction and make the presence of khaki in various corners.

Criminals on the streets : 78 vehicles stolen, 37 snatchings and 32 thefts have taken reported in 2018.

“Beat boxes are smallest police units to handle grievances of an area. Though the policeman of beat system does not stay in the box for the entire day, he has to spend some time there to interact with the people,” said a police officer.

Under the system, policemen who have been deployed by the Chandigarh police failed to make visits to the houses located in their beats over the years, resulting in a disconnect between the community and the cops.

Kamaljeet Singh Panchhi, member of the committee, said, “Earlier, the beat constable used to pay home visits and ask about the problems. But now the system has been completely stopped. There’s a large population of senior citizens in city and there is a need to revive the system.”

“The only time the policemen visit your house is for passport verification. Though they had started visiting houses last year issuing advisory after there was a rise in incidents of chain snatching, but that stopped after a few days,” said Balsher Singh, Sector-40 resident.

“The beat constables should maintain the register and give his phone number to all the residents in the area. The residents can act as ears and eyes of the police”, said a senior police officer.

Lack of manpower

There are 146 beats in the city where more than 300 police personnel of various ranks have been deployed but the manpower is not enough to ensure proper house visits, patrolling in the area and gathering inputs.

A senior police official, on condition of anonymity, said, “As per the plan, over the next few months more manpower would be diverted and deployed in the beats. The proposal is to optimally utilise resources so that each beat has adequate manpower.”

Police station WhatsApp groups add beat members

Chandigarh police has created a group on instant messaging service, WhatsApp, of police stations in which beat staff have been made members. This is being done with an idea to ensure quick exchange of information between the staff and the senior officials. In every meeting with the residents the beat staff is present.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 13:15 IST