TAMIL NADU

Plan to introduce ‘Friends of Police’ throughout the nation

TRAINED: District Revenue Officer R. Mahendravel giving away certificates to participants at the training programme in Pudukottai on Tuesday. —

TRAINED: District Revenue Officer R. Mahendravel giving away certificates to participants at the training programme in Pudukottai on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Moorthy

Staff Reporter

Crime rate has fallen after the introduction of the concept in Ramanathapuram

PUDUKOTTAI: The concept of ‘Friends of Police’ has been planned to be introduced throughout the country, taking cue from the success of its implementation in Tamil Nadu, Senior Training Faculty, Friends of Police, Chennai, Uma Maheswari, said.

Talking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the three-day ‘multi-media training programme’ currently on here, Dr. Maheswari said that an expert team of officials had visited the State and ascertained the responsibilities and functioning of the volunteers of the Friends of Police.

It had been accepted in principle to implement the concept throughout the country, she added.

She said that a survey conducted in Ramanathapuram district indicated that the rate of crime had registered a fall consequent to the introduction of the FoP concept. The survey, conducted early this year, indicated that the FoP had created a sea-change in the behavioural attitude of the crime-prone members.

The survey was conducted in Ramanathapuram district because it was the first district where the concept was introduced first in 2003.

As many as 75,000 police personnel and volunteers had undergone the training in FoP movement so far. She said that follow-up action by police officials was necessary for the successful implementation and sustainability of the concept in any district. With this view in end, she had taken special care to sensitise the Superintendents of Police and other divisional-level officials to the sustainability of the FoP.

In Pudukottai, 400 trainees, including 200 police personnel and an equal number of volunteers, have been undergoing the training, in batches.

Explaining the importance of the training, she said that the FoPs were being sensitised to their responsibilities and limitations.

Key role

Speaking after giving away the certificates to the participants, District Revenue Officer R. Mahendravel said that the volunteers played a key role in regulating the queues at the Government Hospitals on Sunday last when a large number of women had gathered following the spread of rumours about the inefficacy of the polio drops.

Superintendent of Police P. Moorthy appealed to the police officials and personnel to treat the volunteers with dignity and not to look upon them as errand boys.

Treating the FoPs with dignity would help strengthen the police administration in a big way, he said. “FoP concept has been introduced to strengthen the police administration,” he said.

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