GPS-enabled wireless sets will no longer be the privy of police sub-inspectors or the top brass of the Home Department. Constables of the Bangalore Traffic Police are also being provided these sets largely aimed at clearing motor traffic jams, and to help check crime.
More than anything, senior police officers can monitor the location of the traffic constables, particularly those at major road intersections, and ensure that they are at work, as is expected of them.
To begin with, Bangalore will be the first city in the State where the constabulary will be equipped with the GPS-enabled wireless sets.
As many as 115 wireless sets have been given to personnel under the East Traffic division, while 108 sets have been provided to an equal number of personnel of the West Traffic division — in all 223 — in the first phase.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B. Dayanand said that it is the first such project in the State and the wireless sets will be provided to all in phases. At least 1,000 sets will be provided to the policemen serving in the other parts of the city in the next financial year.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) Babu Rajendra Prasad said that the new range of wireless sets will help in better tracking of VIP movements.
“Apart from helping in resolving traffic woes, these sets will also come in handy in checking crime or ensuring law and order. If our personnel are close to a spot where a crime is committed, we can easily communicate to the crime branch police and ensure that appropriate action is taken at the earliest,” he said.