CHIKMAGALUR: H.N. Nagaraj, Superintendent of Police, has said that the Police Department has been successful in setting right several personal and community problems in the naxal-affected areas of Chikmagalur district through community policing.

In a press release, Mr. Nagaraj has stated that a 15-member community interface team was formed in Sringeri in October 2005 in addition to the community interface teams consisting of two police personnel from all police stations in Koppa and Chikmagalur sub-divisions.

Giving details of some of the achievements of the interface teams which interacted with people living in remote areas, he has said that a hanging bridge was constructed in Sunkadamakki and a fair price shop was opened in Kadkal in Sringeri taluk.

The teams had helped increase the strength of students in the hostel in Nemmar from 75 to 100

In addition, buildings for anganwadi centres were constructed in Karucharu and Kere villages, bee-keeping training was imparted through the district industrial centre, more than 50 persons were given widow, physically challenged and old age pensions, and about 80 per cent of the works such as roads and drinking water supply identified by the department and included in the zilla panchayat action plan have been implemented.

He said that the community interface was reactivated in July 2007 and was successful in getting several programmes such as entrepreneurship development programmes conducted in Sringeri, Koppa and Kalasa.