Hyderabad: In the last three months that he has been at the helm of City Police affairs as Commissioner, Anjani Kumar has come out with various initiatives to reach out to the public. From making himself easily accessible, making extensive use of social media, to undertaking regular visits including surprise visits, he is earning the sobriquet of being a people’s cop.
“Social media has touched the mind and heart of a large percentage of our population and I consider it as the best bridge for direct connectivity with the community,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar tells T Lalith Singh.
* On the functioning of City Police:
Ever since the creation of Telangana, the vision of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his support to the Police Department has been a true game changer. Never in the past has such emphasis been laid in any State to have a system of transparency in every aspect of policing. The level of political interference in the running of the police infrastructure is barest and where needed, and this I can confidently say from my experience of the last 28 years.
* Key change aspects:
Several concepts and initiatives helped right from monthly expenditure for police stations, providing additional patrol vehicles, upgrading police stations and reorientation of the police set up to the drive aimed at becoming a citizen-friendly force. This has improved the functioning of the police and helped change the perception among citizens tremendously.
All this has got ratified in Mercer Survey of top 500 cities of the world in which for the third year in a row, Hyderabad has been rated as the best livable city and most safe and secure city in India. It’s not a small achievement.
* Model Police Stations
Punjagutta secured the position of the second best police station in the country. I say it’s not just Punjagutta but every police station in the city has changed and improved to match the standards. Some police stations have gone ahead with social responsibility in community involvement with a sense of compassion. Here, I cite the example of Tukaramgate police station which took a reform programme in Mangar basthi and helped 750 boys and girls there. The Tukaramgate Station House Officer (T Karunakar Reddy) has done a great job.
* On Old City:
I have worked very closely with the old city right from my previous postings. I have extreme fondness and respect for the place and the people. In this part of the city, various community reach programmes have helped them repose their faith in the police. The economic development generated in the last four years and other government policies have provided a new platform of economic activity for the youth in the old city.
* On Social Media:
Given the overwhelming response to my early messages, I have started to use social media to share my views and thoughts with the community.
I have also encouraged each and every police station and every officer to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter liberally to help communicate with citizens on traffic guidelines, crime advisories and other matters. Many officers at the station level are doing an exceptionally good job.