‘Bell of Faith’ launched for senior citizens

Help at hand: Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Vahid inaugurating the ‘Bell of Faith’ project in Kozhikode on Friday.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMESHKURUP

In a good-natured gesture to elderly people, the city police have started putting up wireless emergency bells covering select houses in the city.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Vahid on Friday launched the project named ‘Bell of Faith’ which is part of community policing.

Project coordinators said a welfare fund of ₹3.5 crore sanctioned by the State government would be used for the initiative that gives preference to those staying alone in their houses. In the first phase, around 250 houses selected by the local Janamaithri scheme coordinators will be covered under the scheme, they added.

District Police Chief (Kozhikode City) A.V. George said the project was one of the newest schemes proposed by the community policing wing for the safety of senior citizens. The electronic bells, installed free of cost with wireless control mechanism, will help senior citizens in quickly seeking the support of neighbours during emergencies.

The system was found successful in other parts of the State, he added.

Mr. George said citizens above 70 years of age and having mobility issues would be given preference under the scheme.

“Policemen entrusted with the project implementation will ensure proper maintenance of the alarm system. They will also inform neighbours of the installation of the devices,” he added.

Community policing schemes, popularised as Janamaithri Suraksha, came into effect in Kozhikode district nine years ago. Its aim was to ensure the participation of citizens in crime prevention and conservation of public resources.

The scheme was implemented within the limits of 15 police stations in Kozhikode city. It caters for more than a lakh houses. Night patrol covering houses of elderly citizens is one of the main attractions of the scheme.

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