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Kozhikode city Police Commissioner completes his tenure

Good response to traffic warden system

Improvement in detection of burglary cases

KOZHIKODE: Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode, Anup Kuruvilla John has expressed satisfaction at the changes introduced in the traffic system in the city during his tenure.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr. John said the city police had received good response to the traffic warden system. The implementation of the system had reduced traffic congestion in front of schools during peak hours, said Mr. John, whose one-year tenure ended on Wednesday.

The city police in association with the Kozhikode Area Resources Mobilisation Agents (Karma) and the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) had selected 500 students and trained them to manage traffic.

Strict enforcement of rules had brought down the number of accidents from 1,760 in 2007 to 1,621 in 2008. The system also helped in curbing crime during night, he said.

Mr. John who has been transferred as Superintendent of Police, Kannur, had taken the initiative to install a pedestrian-operated signal at Mananchira. The introduction of the one-way rule on YMCA Cross Road and the Malabar Christian College Cross Road had also helped solve the traffic bottleneck in the heart of the city.

Formation of special crime squads led by Assistant Commissioners of Police C.M. Pradeepkumar and K.R. Premachandran had led to improved detection of unsolved burglary cases at residences and commercial establishments.

Mr. John also amicably settled the issue of autorickshaws boycotting the Kozhikode railway station. Now the railways have agreed in principle to set up a pre-paid counter for autorickshaws at the station.

Toll-free number

A toll-free mobile phone number (9745000100) was introduced with the cooperation of a telecommunication service provider. Residents can register complaints either by making a call or through Short Messaging Service (SMS).

It was also during his tenure that the Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled control room system was set up. The system aims at drastically cutting down the response time of the police to grievance calls from public.

The government had also approved a Rs.1 crore proposal to install surveillance cameras at 20 junctions in the city, Mr. John said.

The police headquarters has also decided to give a facelift to the now defunct web site to make it more user-friendly and interactive for residents.

The city police also recorded several firsts in the department in the past one year. They used the provisions of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act to curtail widespread illegal sand-mining in the district. The Vanita Police Station was entrusted with the investigations of cases pertaining to cruelty or harassment by husband or relatives of husband.

The Commissioner also drew up a programme to study the deteriorating health of police personnel in the city.

The Indian Medical Association, which is carrying out the study, has finished 75 per cent of the work.