Nalgonda: Energy Minister G Jagdish Reddy, pointing out that the initiatives of the State government had changed the image of the State police in the last seven years, said people had now come to realise that the police department was also striving to serve the people like any other department.
Speaking after inaugurating a Bharosa support center for women and children at Prakasham Bazar here on Monday, Jagdish Reddy said that after State formation, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao accorded top priority to maintenance of law and order, which was crucial for development of any area. As a part of this initiative, Telangana State police were equipped with modern technologies and also sufficient vehicles, he said, adding that only Telangana State Police has 21,000 vehicles, the highest in the country. “This facilitates the police reach any spot within five minutes of receiving an emergency call. No house burglaries and chain snatching incidents are being reporting in Hyderabad unlike earlier times,” he said.
The Minister also pointed out that the crime rate had dropped by 50 per cent in erstwhile Nalgonda district after 2014. No clashes during elections were reported in the district. The State government, he said, succeeded in impressing upon the people that police department was meant to serve them like any other department.
Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahendar Reddy said the Chief Minister was keen on women’s safety and security and had told him at a meeting that police had the key responsibility of ensuring safety of women who constituted 50 per cent of the population. “Keeping this in mind, Telangana Women’s Safety Wing was set up from top level to grassroot level. The wing monitors and ensures that standard procedures are followed by the police while investigating cases of crime against women,” he said.
The police, he said, was also utilising the service of Self Help Groups from all villages to get information immediately after any untoward incident takes place. In addition to this, girls’ safety clubs have also been set up in schools and colleges, he added.
Stating that prevention of the crime was a main parameter for efficiency of the policing, he said that the state police has been utilizing modern technologies to prevent crimes. In all, nine lakh CCTV cameras have been set up in the state as one CCTV camera was equal to 100 policemen.
He suggested the elected representatives and non-government organizations to contribute something for the concept of Community CCTV cameras. effective policing in the state has created a situation in which the criminals would fear to commit offences by tracing and ensuring punishment to them with scientific evidence collected through technologies. We succeeded in creating a feeling in the criminals that it was not possible to escape from punishment for committing offences.
He said that the police officials should keep in mind that friendly police was not for criminals. It should be applicable to law abiding citizens only to the criminals, he made it clear.
He said that the main purpose of BHAROSA centres are to provide integrated support to women and children who have been subjected to severe abuse, be it physical, sexual, financial or emotional. Victims approaching BHAROSA would have unhindered access to all the support services that they need to overcome their abusive and oppressive circumstances and lead a joyful life thereafter.
Later, the Minister inaugurated the Traffic Training Centre, which consisted of a motor cycle stimulator and driving track, in the police parade ground.
Telangana State Legislative Council former Chairman Gutha Sukender Reddy, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and in-charge of Women Safety Wing Swathi Lakra, the district Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil, Superintendent of Police A V Ranganath , Nalgonda MLA kancherla Bhupal Reddy and Nalgonda Municipal Chairman Mandadi saidi Reddy were also attended the programme.