The City Police are planning to take the concept of community policing to the next level – this time to an intellectual level. The first-ever Janamaithri library will soon be inaugurated along with the Thripunithura police station, one of the stations where Janamaithri Suraksha Paddhati, the community policing initiative, has been launched in the State.
“We have been collecting books from the leading social and political figures in Thripunithura and Ernakulam. So far, we have collected nearly 3,000 books and we are now cataloguing them,” said Salim, police constable attached to the station.
His experience of being the librarian of the Arayankavu Grameena Library before joining the force helped Mr. Salim in organising the process. “We had thought about it one-and-a-half years ago, but had to put it off due to the want of proper infrastructure. Now that we got a chance to function from the Janamaithri Kendra, we revived the idea,” he said.
The work of the Janamaithri Kendra, along the police station, is progressing and is expected to be inaugurated next month. Those associated with the library project are putting in extra efforts to finish their job as well.
The concept has already got a good response from the public. Many publishers and book shops – like the DeeCee Books, Sahitya Prasadaka Cooperative Society, H&C and CICC – have volunteered to donate books.
While these books are welcomed whole-heartedly by those working for the library, more welcome are books donated by individuals as it would make the setting up process personal.
Those willing to donate books to the library can get in touch with Mr. Salim on his number 94475 09964.