Staff Reporter

Meet held with community representatives

‘High time the public perception of the police changed’

Project will be of help to senior citizens, children

PERINTHALMANNA: The Police Department conducted a seminar for community representatives here on Monday, ahead of implementing the much-hyped community policing system in the Perinthalmanna municipal area in the district.

V. Sasikumar, MLA, inaugurated the district-level seminar.

Manjalamkuzhi Ali, MLA; Arimbra Mohammed, district panchayat president; K.S. Jangpangi, Additional Director General of Police (north zone); P. Vijayanand, Inspector General (Thrissur range); B. Sandhya, Inspector General (Armed Police Battalion); and P. Vijayan, Superintendent of Police, Malappuram, were among those who addressed the seminar.

Mr. Vijayanand said it was time that the fear of approaching the police for anything changed. “People still view the police with fear. The role of the police has changed tremendously over the years, but people’s perception of the force stills remains more or less unchanged,” he said.

He called upon the officers and people’s representatives to strive to reduce the gap between the police and the public.

Ms. Sandhya, who is the nodal officer for the people’s policing project in the State, explained the nitty-gritty of the policing innovation to be implemented by the end of this month in select municipalities and corporations in the State on an experimental basis.

Apart from the municipal corporations, a municipality in each district has been chosen for the implementation of community policing. There will be beats comprising 500 to 1,000 households with a police officer of either head-constable or assistant sub-inspector rank interacting with the members.

Mr. Vijayanand said the thrust would be on crime prevention as well as smoothening of public utilities like vehicular traffic. The system will also be used to help senior citizens and school children, he said.

The project is being implemented under the title Jana Maitri Suraksha.

The seminar in Ottappalam municipality will be held on Tuesday.