A dharamshala in Jugsalai where the new police outpost will come up. (Animesh Sengupta)
The East Singhbhum district police have decided to strengthen all 45 thana outposts in Jamshedpur, which have been lying defunct for the last decade.
The aim is to help people lodge complaints and also seek police assistance during emergencies at their doorstep instead of approaching police stations.
A thana outpost is the smallest unit of the police department and is usually located in a residential area. Each outpost is manned by a havildar (head constable) and four constables.
SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the decision to revive and strengthen thana outposts either by extending existing ones or increasing manpower in them was taken in a bid to better police areas where the population had increased.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Jha said till a little more than a decade ago, thana outposts were running effectively. The personnel at these outposts would patrol the locality on foot at night and address complaints of petty crimes.
Jha said now, a police officer of the rank of assistant sub-inspector would coordinate between the outpost and the concerned police stations.
“Due to slackness in the system the outposts became less effective though the headcount of personnel remained the same. But with the population of the city increasing everyday, and people seeking more police intervention in their daily lives, we have decided to revive the important set up,” said the senior SP.
Elaborating on the function of the outposts, Jha said once they are strengthened, they would create a dossier of each and every family living under its jurisdiction.
“Say for South Park thana outpost in Bistupur, the police personnel posted there will have to find out details about people residing in the area by visiting the households and collecting data like who is the earning member of the family, how many members live in a family in a particular house and the nature of the house owner’s job,” said the senior police officer.
The SSP pointed out that after dossiers of the residents are prepared, the policemen posted there would be able to address people in distress.
Notably, there are 17 police stations and under each of the police stations, there are three or four thana outposts. The SSP said three new outposts will come up — two in Jugsalai and one in Golmuri.