Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Interactive programmes will go a long way in creating an information network involving civil society also, said K. Padmakumar, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Ernakulam range. He was speaking after inaugurating `Sanmanasullavarku Samadhanam,' an interactive programme between the city police and representatives of various organisations, such as associations of residents and merchants and voluntary groups.

The meeting was held on Friday to set the agenda for community policing for 2006.

Mr. Padmakumar said such interactions were being organised as the police considered the needs of the public. The agenda set for 2006, based on the meeting, would be reviewed in another three months, he added. City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan presided over the meeting, attended by more than 100 participants.

Issues related to traffic, reduction of crime, narcotics and violence against women and children were discussed.

One of the suggestions was holding more programmes for the public for familiarising them with facilities, such as toll-free crime stopper number (1090) and use of the city police website,