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Will make the force tech-savvy, says CP

Bijay Kumar Sharma, the new Commissioner of Police at his office in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. —

Bijay Kumar Sharma, the new Commissioner of Police at his office in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Satyasundar Barik

An action plan will be chalked out soon to mobilise resources



Police personnel will be trained in using computers

Stress on community policing



BHUBANESWAR: Senior cop Bijay Kumar Sharma, who took over as the new Commissioner of Police of twin city of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, said his first priority would be to enhance efficiency of the existing force by making them technologically savvy.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, Mr. Sharma, who was the Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch), said the two cities Bhubaneswar and Cuttack were rapidly expanding in terms of area as well as population and the existing force was not adequate to handle the affairs.

“If I can be able to introduce technology in the force, their efficiency level will go up. The police force, although low in strength, could effectively maintain law and order across the Commissionrate area,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police said the department would soon prepare an action plan to mobilise resources for making greater use of technology by police a reality.

Documentation

According to the sources, so far only two police stations in Bhubaneswar were having the Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) system under which one can file his complaint and get the copy of FIR instantly.

Cooperation sought

The department is also documenting case records and profiles of anti-social elements under this project. A set of five computers has been provided to each of the police station but most of police officials are yet to be trained in computer applications. Similarly, although cyber crime is on the rife, these police stations are yet to be connected with the Internet.

Besides, Mr. Sharma emphasised on community policing. “The twin cities have huge mass of educated and conscious population.

They are resourceful and ready to co-operate police. Community policing has been successful in many countries. If we will involve people in our efforts to fight criminals, it will be a great success story,” he said.

In the first place, the Commissioner of Police is targeting residential welfare associations operating in both the cities to realise the community policing in the twin cities.

“I have already received a number of telephone calls from retired government officials and prominent citizens who have shown eagerness to help me in my efforts,” he said.

Mr. Sharma, the 1986-batch of Indian Police Services, had served as the superintendent of police in many districts including Khurda. He had a brief stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Sharma had also gone for higher studies and presented papers in various international fora.

During the last few years, as IG (crime branch) Mr. Sharma was instrumental in cracking down wildlife smuggling rackets in the State and was meticulous in carrying out tricky inquiries.

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