The Telegraph
Thursday , April 4 , 2013
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GPS to track personnel on patrolling

- Technology boost to cops

If Patna police have their way, cops will have a tough time in shirking away from regular patrolling.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj and his team are contemplating a technically sound plan to ensure that the police are “indeed” on the streets for patrolling. The SSP on Wednesday said the focus of the police was technical modernisation of the force.

“First, we (the police) want to be in a stronger position technically. We want to ensure that the plans, which are being given a thought at the moment, are implemented properly. The focus is on modernisation and effective crime control. We are also thinking of introducing Global Positioning System (GPS) in patrol vehicles,” Maharaj told The Telegraph.

The plan is to install GPS device in patrol vehicles of all the police stations in Patna.

“The idea is to ascertain the locations of the mobile units when they are out on patrolling duty,” said a source.

Though considered an important part of policing, patrolling is a rarity on Patna streets.

“Police presence on streets is a must. There have been instances where residents have complained that the police were not patrolling the area when a crime had occurred. Some even said that it took the police hours to reach a crime scene because they were not patrolling,” an officer said.

He added that the GPS would end this problem because once fixed in the vehicles, the gadget would locate those and the control room can easily find out where they are positioned.

Citing an example, the policeman said a senior officer would know the exact location where a patrolling vehicle is parked. “The police would also know whether the vehicle is on the move or not,” the officer said.

Once a vehicle is tracked, the senior officer can initiate a surprise inspection to know whether the policemen deployed on patrolling duty are on the job or not, said the police officer.

The police, on the other hand, have launched a campaign called “simultaneous drive” across all police stations.

“In the three-day drive, 276 accused have been arrested,” the SSP said.