SP pitches for responsive policing

"We want the station house officers to be exposed to modernisation and use of tech by city police," said Rema Rajeshwari, SP, Mahabubnagar.

By Author  |  Published: 18th Feb 2017  10:05 pm

Mahabubnagar: Rema Rajeshwari, Superintendent of Police, Mahabubnagar, on Friday said that district police have resolved to implement some major initiatives towards citizen-friendly and responsive policing as part of its vision for 2017.

The district has 30 police stations, predominantly in rural areas. “As Hyderabad city police had taken a huge leap forward in terms of standardisation of station house management and is in the process of transforming police stations to do better service delivery, we have decided to send all station house officers (SHOs) to Hyderabad to visit Abids Police Station,” she said.

The aim was to give them exposure on the efforts taken towards modernisation and use of technology by the city police. A team of 30 Circle and Sub-Inspectors were led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Mahabubnagar, B Bhaskar was briefed by SHO, Abids PS, Gangaram.

The team was exposed to various aspects of transformational policing, such as – Public trust as foundation of modern policing, standardization of reception centers in Police Station, citizen feedback services, evidence based enforcement, community policing initiatives, community partnership, management of democratic protests, emergency response management and Tech-enabled policing (GPS monitoring of patrolling vehicles, geo-tagging of beats points).

Also under social media interface the team was exposed to the following – Citizen-friendly Traffic management, multi-agency coordination, women safety, empowering frontline Police officers,Technology-driven criminal analytics and process standardization for Citizen-friendly Police interface.

Mahabubnagar Police has been relying heavily on “Collaborative Policing” through its “Village Police Officer (VPO) System” to encourage strong relationship between Police and Community with a focus on crime prevention. This preventive model has helped in bringing down the crime rate in 2016 the SP claimed.

With this exposure, all the SHOs are given a timely mandate by the Superintendent of Police, Mahabubnagar to make the Police Stations more friendly for the citizens. Concerted efforts are being made by the District Police Administration to cultivate “Public Trust” as the foundation of modern policing, by incorporating the following tenets as part of core policing activities in the district.

The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of Police actions. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force. Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to law.

“Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of the persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.
Police at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that give reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary. The test of the police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

The efforts will be taken up in a phased manner. Community outreach programs through Village Police Officers are helping the district police administration in curbing anti-social activities to a great extent.