Puducherry police plan GPS facility for patrol vehicles

Staff Reporter

DGP flags off 6 vehicles for patrol duty

More vehicles may be added soon

PUDUCHERRY: Director-General of Police (DGP) A.S. Khan has said that the Police Department is working on Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate patrolling vehicles and direct them to the place of incident. This was a step towards modernising police force in Puducherry.

Shortly after flagging off six Maruti Gypsy vehicles for patrolling under the Police Control Room here on Tuesday, Mr. Khan said that a private group had undertaken a study on GPS and would submit a project report soon.

“In the long-term, we are working on GPS that would offer a satellite positioning of vehicles. We require a digital map for this. Through this, we would be able to locate the nearest vehicle and direct them to the place of incident,” he said.

The department had purchased 10 vehicles under the Police Modernisation Scheme with Central assistance at the cost of Rs. 49 lakh. Additional fittings such as roof-mounted revolving light, siren and public address system had been provided at the cost of Rs. 3 lakh.

Six vehicles had been allotted to Puducherry and two to Karaikal, while Mahe and Yanam would receive a vehicle each. Every vehicle would have a head constable and two constables. The personnel were provided small arms such as pistol and modern rifles.“There is a necessity for quick police response system to deal with crime. We are far away from areas and these mobile teams would be available round the clock at various locations,” Mr. Khan said.

The staff had been trained in first aid and to attend to emergencies. They could ferry persons to the hospitals, he added.“This is the first phase and we are planning to acquire more facilities and vehicles. Through this, we can build up confidence among the people. There will also be improvement in the law and order situation,” he said.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police A.K. Singh said more vehicles would be taken out under the modernisation scheme.