The Telegraph
Saturday , June 7 , 2014
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Friendly face of police stations

Reception rooms, seating arrangements and a fresh coat of paint — welcome to the new-age people-friendly thanas.

Police stations across Ranchi are undergoing a makeover to shed that stern look and adopt a more people-friendly avatar in a bid to encourage citizens to approach them for help.

Kotwali police station in the heart of the city has taken a lead in this regard with a reception room being constructed on its verandah. Earlier on May 27, the thana received a peeyau or drinking water kiosk that was gifted by the Marwari Yuva Manch. Argora police station in Harmu and Doranda police station located behind Jharkhand High Court are following suit.

At Argora thana, a few chairs and a table have been placed at the entrance where a constable was seen helping a woman write down a complaint on Friday. Doranda police station has also made similar seating arrangements for visitors.

Confirming the changes, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prabhat Kumar said all 14 police stations across Ranchi would undergo a similar makeover in keeping with a policy decision to make thanas welcoming. “It was decided at a crime meeting last month that the atmosphere at police stations has to change for the better so that people feel free to walk in and seek help. As Ranchi is the state capital, the initiative has started from here,” he said.

He added that besides earmarking reception areas and adding chairs and tables, the police stations will also get a fresh coat of paint.

“We are also repairing the barracks where our constables take rest during non-duty hours. Work is likely to come to an end before the monsoon hits. The state government is providing money for everything,” the SSP said.

Officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station Arwind Kumar agreed. “Police stations go a long way in building the state’s image. Their maintenance is a must. Besides, positive ideas take shape in a positive atmosphere,” he said.

People like Mukesh Kumar, a travel agent, welcomed the exercise. He reminded that a similar drive had been started during the President’s Rule in February 2013. “Vijay Kumar, who was appointed as the governor’s adviser, had inaugurated police stations at Argora, Lower Bazar and Chutia and conveyed the message that look of all thanas should be changed to make them people-friendly,” he said.