In its efforts to strengthen the police-public interface, the Mysore city police on Monday launched its refurbished website with new features and a Facebook page to enhance public participation.

Retired Additional Director-General of Police Kempaiah launched the website (www.mysorecitypolice.gov.in) and the official Facebook page of the Mysore city police at the office of the Police Commissioner here. Mysore City Police Commissioner M.A. Saleem, Deputy Commissioners of Police Rajanna and M.M. Mahadevaiah, and senior police officers were present.

This is the second website of its kind in the State, the other one being the Bangalore city traffic police’s, Mr. Saleem said.

A three-member team has been suitably trained to manage the website. They would handle the website and monitor public feedback continuously. Complaints from the public would be received online and forwarded for suitable action, he told presspersons here.

Mr. Saleem said the status of the Sakala and RTI applications could be tracked through the website. Even the status of passport applications, police verification certificates and firearms licenses can be tracked online. The Police Commissioner said photographs and videos on law and order and traffic management would be uploaded on the website gradually, to increase awareness among the public.

Other features of the website include details on the penalties imposed for violation of traffic rules; activities chalked out by the city police; one-way traffic; and traffic rules and regulations.

According to Mr. Saleem, the Facebook page of the Bangalore city traffic police had over one lakh followers, the highest number of followers for any government department in the State. “We hope to get similar responses for our Facebook page.”

Information technology is being used maximally to address scarcity of manpower. “In the coming days, the tapal system will be replaced with electronic transmission of orders and communications in the police here,” he added. Over 6,000 cases were booked following the inauguration of the automated traffic management system here, Mr. Saleem stated.

Later, he told The Hindu that he would personally reply to posts received on the Facebook page besides monitoring queries and complaints received on the website. The telephone number of the police officers concerned would be displayed for the public to follow-up on their cases. “It will be a very transparent system,” he felt.

Compliments

Retied ADGP Kempaiah complimented the Mysore city police for launching the website and Facebook page. He was particularly impressed by the new slogan of the city police (for you, always with you). “I hope the Mysore city police will become a model police force in the State.” He advised police officers to “regulate yourselves before regulating the others; otherwise you forfeit the right of telling others.”

“If supervision from higher-ups is effective, the police officer will be vigilant, thereby benefiting the public at large,” he felt. He advised the police to develop good relations with the public.

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