Special Sub-Inspectors to interact with local people

There is a huge gap between the public and the police and neighbourhood policing concept will bridge the gap and reinforce confidence in the minds of the people, City Police Commissioner Amaresh Pujari said in the city on Thursday.

Under the scheme launched by the City Police, each station will have Special Sub-Inspectors (SSIs) who will interact with the people and represent their grievances to higher officials for redressal.

It is the first of its kind in the country and a new chapter in policing history has been created by the launch of the scheme, said Mr. Pujari.

He added that the attitude of the people has to change as policemen are for serving the people by soliciting their co-operation.

Under the new scheme, all the 15 police stations under the city limit will have SSIs who will be assigned to a particular area and designated as Neighbourhood Liaison Officers.

Their mobile numbers would be given to the residents in the area and people can contact the officer to redress their grievance.

The officers will visit the areas regularly and interact with the residents' welfare association members, traders and important members and establish rapport with them.

Pamphlets and visiting cards, public board display containing phone numbers of the officers would be made available.

Their performance will be reviewed every three months by a survey conducted by a private organisation. The best officer would be given awards.

Releasing a book on ‘Neighbourhood Police Officers', Collector M. Karunakaran said that the flow of information is vital and the new concept will reach the people and pave way for effective communication.

He added that the crime activities can be controlled and the new scheme will benefit the people.

Special guests Kavidasan, Director, Human Resources, Roots Industries India Limited, R. Chandrasekaran, Advisor, Aegis Global Academy, V. Kavitha, Master Mind Solutions also spoke on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioners of Police Hema Karunakaran (Law and Order), T. Senthil Kumar (Crime and Traffic) and other police officials participated.

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