Staff Reporter

Session is part of community policing scheme

Police will visit areas to settle complaints

All police stations in Kozhikode represented at meet

Kozhikode: As part of the community-policing scheme, a three-day training programme for personnel attached to the city police began here on Wednesday.

City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay inaugurated the programme at the Armed Police Camp. The training is being conducted in connection with the community policing scheme to be implemented throughout the State from September 1.

Community policing was initiated in the city limits a few months ago. Volunteers from residents’ associations are now cooperating with police during night patrolling. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Narcotics) Vinod Mathew George, who is also the coordinator of the programme said three constables and head constables had been drawn from each of the 14 police stations in the city for training. The Institute of Management in Government was associating with the programme in funding as well as choosing the subjects and faculty, he said.

Those taking part in the training sessions would later train other personnel in their police stations, he said.

The focus of the training would be on the new proposal to introduce police beats at localities under each police station. The new system will see policemen making regular visits to residential areas to settle complaints. Earlier, a person had to go to a police station to file a complaint.

“Cooperation of the public is essential to enforce law. Different areas have different problems. They could range from illicit brewing of liquor to eve-teasing to illegal sand mining,” Mr. George said.

One of the reasons cited for the effective enforcement of smoking ban at railway station is public participation. Another was non-availability of cigarettes at shops at railway stations.

Mr. George said that State Government would come up with more guidelines for implementing the community-policing scheme. The department was also planning to conduct a 10-day training programme for police personnel shortly to upgrade their skills in investigating cases, he said.