Community cooperation and participation is essential to enable the police discharge their duties effectively. The City Police have come out with a novel concept of ‘Community Guards’ to tackle the growing problems and ensure peace in the industrial belt.
A logo designed for the proposed community group was unveiled by Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy at a function organised here on Monday. The tricolour-moving wheel signifies urbanisation. The red colour represents dynamism, white for peace and the green denotes prosperity of the community. This moving wheel is placed in a shield. The top portion bears the name ‘Community Guards’.
Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao said 30 youths from the industrial area would be selected and trained for 30 to 35 days. The objective was to bridge the gap between the community and industrialists, thus enhancing community policing environment in the area. The Community Guards would be paid remuneration on par with the Home Guards.
Mr. Dinesh Reddy, who earlier inaugurated the first-ever Central Police Canteen in the State, said two other such canteens would be set up in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerates. The one in the city would benefit 42,000 serving and retired police officers and men in the Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam districts. The cost of the consumer durables, electronic goods, and vehicles to be sold through the canteen would be 20 to 40 per cent less than the prevailing market rate.
Mr. Purnachandra Rao appealed to the DGP to seek VAT exemption from the State government for the goods sold through the canteen. CISF Commandant Digvijay Singh, Additional Director General (Welfare) Santosh Mehra, Inspector General (Coastal AP) K.V. Rajendranath Reddy, and Deputy Inspector General (Visakhapatnam Range) Swati Lakra were among those who participated in the programme.
Keywords: Andhra police