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Auradkar calls for reforms in intelligence gathering

“Citizens are the biggest stakeholders in policing,” said City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar who said their cooperation is highly necessary as the police force works in tandem with society.

Addressing a conference here at the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) in the city, the Commissioner recalled recent crime incidents and advised citizens to be vigilant when they rent out their houses and also when they hire any services from strangers. He said the police must be alerted if citizens observe any suspicious acts or behaviour.

“We would want to address these issues by taking into confidence stakeholders of society. I strongly believe in community policing and have started such initiatives in the city,” he said. Citizens are advised to note down the number of any vehicle they hire. A high-security number plate technology is also being implemented by the Transport Department.

Only if the petty crimes are detected and curbed at the initial stages can more serious crimes be controlled. In terms of safety of women, a number of arrangements have been made for working women but organisations have to continuously review safety measures.

Strengthen intelligence

Mr. Auradkar called for reforms in the gathering of intelligence, something the government too has been advocating. “The system of intelligence gathering must be strengthened. While open source intelligence is information received from various sources, professional intelligence is a much more important as well as a difficult process.”

The Commissioner said he had met 102 constables of the intelligence ring and had discussed the issue with them as well.

Following last week’s Malleswaram blast, he said terrorism is a great challenge and especially blights cities that contribute greatly to the country’s progress.

Mentioning the breakthrough in the blast, the Commissioner hoped that the cracking of the case would instil a sense of fear in anti-national elements.

Surveillance cameras

Recalling how the Boston police identified the bombers through surveillance cameras, he said Bangalore police was also seeking to install surveillance systems in different parts of the city.

He also castigated the media for airing a supposed blast in Hebbal on the day of the Malleswaram blast without confirmation.

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