Steps on to improve policing

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The City Police are going ahead with steps to improve policing during the monsoon.

One of the key proposals mooted by the force was installing cameras at all prominent junctions and making them part of the network, to be controlled directly at the top-level of the City Police. In the long run, surveillance cameras installed by private parties could also be made part of the network.

Despite the initial hitches, the work is progressing, said officials. “We have installed cameras at Palarivattom junction and bypass junction. Work is going on at Vytilla and junctions at Edappally and Kaloor will soon follow,” said City Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham.

The police are finding it hard to identify sponsors for installing the cameras, as the display potential for advertisements is much less for cameras.

Now, it has been decided that the cameras will be bought using funds from the State government and sponsors need to be found for operating it.

The police are looking forward to having cameras at least at main junctions so that they could be used for the monsoon policing.

Already, the City Police have stepped up preventive detention and night patrolling as more attempts at house-breaks are expected once the monsoon starts. Nearly 80 to 90 known offenders have been detained.

Another step that the police took to support monsoon policing is intensifying beat patrolling along railway tracks, following instances of criminals from other States found operating in houses along the railway tracks.

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