The police in the district are rejuvenating a success model of community policing. The city was among the first to try out combined night patrols by police and residents associations. Of late, the effort has lost steam.
One of the reasons was the termination of monthly meetings between top police officers and representatives of residents’ associations. However, the Janamaitri Suraskha Paddathi, the community policing initiative of the State police, has provisions that allow residents to take up local issues with sub-inspector or circle inspector concerned.
Now, the city police are planning to revive the system. “Beat patrolling has been strengthened and along with this, the local officers have been instructed to get in touch with the residents associations in their areas. Additional force has been drawn from the Armed Reserve camps to supplement the beat patrolling,” said M.R. Ajith Kumar, City Police commissioner.
The situation is similar in rural district as well. “Checking of strangers in the area has been intensified. Policemen doing vehicle checks are asked to strictly check the registration certificates, especially those for motorcycle users. Special patrol teams have been formed for specific roles, like monitoring the movement of public during early morning hours where people go to temples and churches,” said K. P. Philip, Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural.
Most vulnerable areas are those bordering the city and rural limits, such as Thrikkakara and Thiruvankulam. However, residents associations in Thiruvankulam have been active, more so after a spate of house break-ins. Most of the crimes were committed by robbers coming from outside the State and operating along the railway lines. “. Checking of vacant plots and uninhabited buildings have also been intensified,” said Mr. Philip.