The city police plan to train institutions to be on their guard always, writes

R. Rajaram

The serial blasts that rocked Hyderabad recently has prompted law enforcers in Tiruchi to make a concerted effort to build in-house security awareness among institutions and other vital installations.

The authorities set in motion the exercise by organising the first meeting with representatives of educational institutions, government departments, service organisations and a cross-section of civic society soon after the Hyderabad incident.

The top brass of the police enlightened them on a host of issues connected with security and the safety procedures. The city police are ready to equip nodal officers and those connected with security and safety of the institutions with “in-house security” and crisis management plans.

A major law and order problem such as serial blasts in one part of the country creates rippling effect elsewhere prompting the police to make their presence felt in strategic areas such as bus stands, railway stations, places of worship, check-posts and in places where public congregate in large numbers. However, it is impossible for them to be everywhere all the time, say the police.

The latest initiative serves the twin purpose of creating basic awareness of safety and security aspects, and preparing the nodal officers, particularly the watch and ward staff, to extend their help to the police during emergency situations.

The first line of sensitisation will encompass ways to handle threat calls; identifying the character of the caller for clues; recording the calls; and installation of caller ID facility in telephones. They would also be trained on how to adopt a cautious approach in crisis situations, besides what and how to look for in such situations. The need for an evacuation plan, a crucial element in a crisis situation, will also be emphasised.

At the meeting, the police gave the participants a detailed list of dos and don’ts to be adopted in emergency situations.

Simulation

The proposed training would address more specifics on security and safety-related aspects. Simulation of a crisis situation has been integrated into the training, which is expected to commence for the first batch of 50 trainees this month-end.

The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad team would conduct the programme, said the Commissioner of Police, Shankar Jiwal. The second line of sensitisation is to ascertain from the institutions whether they wanted regular anti-sabotage checks in their institutions.

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