The first case registered at police stations every month — especially if they are related to murder, loot, rape, abduction and dacoity —would be investigated by the station house officer.
The police have revived the Crime Control Strategy, started by Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj when he was the Patna city SP in 2009-10.
“All officers of Patna attended a meeting today (Friday), where it was decided to revive the Crime Control Strategy,” said the SSP.
He added: “As part of the strategy the station house officer (SHO) concerned would take sole responsibility of his police station area. Directions have been given that the first case of each month, if it is related to a serious crime, will be investigated by the SHO himself or herself.”
The SHO concerned would also have to check crimes related to bootlegging, sex rackets and gambling in their police station areas.
“If a special team raids any police station area and exposes such criminal activities, the axe will fall on the SHO,” the SSP told The Telegraph.
The officer also said the “beat” policing system will be revived and strengthened further.
In this system, policemen on patrol in different parts of the city knock on the doors of people and ask them if they are safe.
“Apart from this, instructions have been given to ensure that the sectors under jurisdiction of each police stations are kept safe,” Maharaj said.
Every police station area is divided into many sectors. Policemen and Quick Mobile teams constantly patrol these areas. Instructions have been given so that cops should concentrate on these sectors and ensure that the people remain safe.
SHOs have also been instructed on how online FIRs would be filed and what actions they would have to take.
“At present, all the police stations of Patna have been provided email addresses so that people can lodge complaints online. The problem is that some SHOs and other officers don’t know how to use the Internet and check emails. Training will be provided to them so that they understand the online system and use it effectively,” said Maharaj.