Bangalore police to get more teeth to fight crime

The Bangalore police, overstretched as the city keeps growing, will soon have more equipment and infrastructure for effective crime-fighting.

Bangalore: The Bangalore police, overstretched as the city keeps growing, will soon have more equipment and infrastructure for effective crime-fighting.

The city has been included under the Mega City Policing (MCP) scheme of the Union government, and along with Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will get advanced electronic equipment for effective policing including CCTV surveillance systems, multi-function devices and control and command centres, state minister for home KJ George said on Thursday.

The MCP is part of the Union home ministry’s Modernization of State Police Force Scheme.

It envisages Mega City Policing needs, such as CCTV/intelligent camera based surveillance monitoring system, weaponry with linkages with the aspects pertaining to existing and other security requirements relating to guarding of sensitive installations, Quick Response Teams(QTRs) etc, which could be co-related to vulnerabilities from the point of view of organised crimes, terrorism and other security challenges that these Mega Cities should be prepared to face.

“The government has decided to take measures to procure portable X-ray machines in police control room vans, patrolling vehicles and GPS dial 100 systems,’’ said George.

The community policing concept that was introduced at selective police stations would be extended to all police stations under the name - Spandana.

“Non-governmental organisations and local citizens would participate actively in the programme that will focus on women and child issues,’’ the minister said.

The Bangalore Police Commissionerate, that was established in 1963, would celebrate its golden jubilee. Chief minister Siddaramaiah would inaugurate the golden jubilee celebrations. “Mementoes would be given to all policemen - from police constable to sub-inspector on the occasion. The city will host an all-India City Police Commissioners’ conference in November,’’ he said.

The minister said the police department had 2,900 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 12,700 policemen for the city. “The services of home-guards would be utilised for non-core policing in the city to supplement the tasks of police. Eight thousand police constables would be recruited in Karnataka during this financial year,’’ he said.

Security lapses

The minister said the government would take measures to strengthen the security at the central prison at Parappana Agrahara. “As of now the prison is overcrowded. It was constructed in 1996 and meant for 2,000 prisoners, but there are more than 4,000 prisoners in it,’’ the minister said. Of the 25 CCTVs in the prison, only five were in working condition,” he said. The minister said the prison would be expanded, and 20 acres of land would be acquired.

Stressing the need of modernisation of all prisons in the state, he said bio-metric systems would be introduced at all prisons.

Release of prisoners

George said guidelines have been prepared for the release of prisoners who had completed 14 years of imprisonment and have good conduct. “A list of prisoners with good conduct would be sent to Governor HR Bhardwaj for their release on October 2,’’ he said.


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