Pune police’s initiatives part of community policing schemes of State cops

Mubarak Ansari
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

DGP Subodhkumar Jaiswal stated, “There are more than 67 community policing programmes in various units of the State catering to different target groups. It has also been observed that programmes initiated with great fanfare fall into disuse over a period time with the change of guard."

PUNE: After studying 67 community policing programmes across the police units in the state, the Maharashtra Police HQ has issued order to standardise the programmes considering changing crime scenario and needs of the society.  Apart from the existing Mohalla committee/Peace committee, Mahila Suraksha Samiti, four other programmes will be implemented in all units. 

These four are currently in operation in Pune like Bharosa Cell, Buddy Cop, Alert Citizen and Police Kaka/Didi.  

In his standing order issued on June 15, DGP Subodhkumar Jaiswal stated, “There are more than 67 community policing programmes in various units of the State catering to different target groups. It has also been observed that programmes initiated with great fanfare fall into disuse over a period time with the change of guard. The needs, aspirations and requirements of the various groups of people have been changing over a period of time. It is the need of the hour that various schemes are reviewed regularly and standardised to address the changing crime scenario and the needs of the society.” The police headquarters has instructed all units to follow general principles in community policing schemes. These include careful selection of manpower, training of personnel involved on the basis of standard guidebook to maintain the quality of the programme.

Sharing of best practices and unique experiences with others, is necessary. Systematic documentation to professionalise the services offered under these schemes will help in continuous improvement and suitable modification form time to time. This will also help in enhancement of public trust in the police and dissolve many misconceptions about the police work.

“All community policing schemes have to be oriented towards security, safety and service of people. They have to fulfil the gap between the aspirations as well as the needs of the community and the police services that the department is mandated to render by law.” 

Such schemes should be aimed at creating a positive impact on prevention of crime. ACP/ PI has to head the community policing cell (CPC) in Police Commissionerate’s and districts respectively,” the DGP order further states.

The Maharashtra Police Academy / Regional Police Training Centres will organise training programmes, workshops in best practices, counselling process etc. on regular basis. 

Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham told Sakal Times, “All our initiatives have been included in the community policing schemes to be implemented all over the state.”

This has increased our responsibility to perform well,” he added. 

COMMUNITY POLICING SCHEMES
BHAROSA CELL: Growing urbanisation, migration of families to urban centres, increased number of nuclear families, non-availability of senior family members to guide, long working hours, ambitious couples, long digital life etc have increased problems in number of families. This has necessitated the need for multi-agency professional services from government agencies. Bharosa Cell will expand and professionalise services of the Women’s Grievance Redressal Cell. Bharosa Cell will provide multiple services like counselling, legal assistance, police protection, medical help, psychological services, temporary shelter etc under one roof.
SENIOR CITIZENS CELL: Migration of youths for education as well as for jobs in urban & semi urban areas and more and more nuclear families cause senior citizens to remain alone at homes and also has given rise to several issues like safety & security of senior citizens, property disputes in families, physical & mental harassment by family members & others, issues regarding services offered by various govt agencies such as banks, MSEDCL, treasury etc. Officers & men from the police stations have been instructed to visit at least five senior citizens every day to resolve their issues. 
SPECIAL JUVENILE POLICE UNIT (SJPU) & CARE (COUNSELLING AND REFORMATIVE EDUCATION): The SJPU is to be established under The Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Act, to maintain the continuity and standard procedure for protection and reformation of the Juveniles in conflict with Law and issues concerning children. 
POLICE KAKA / DIDI: These days, students are exposed to various menaces such as eve teasing, ragging, drugs menace, cyber crimes & all forms of violence etc. These issues can harm their future permanently, if not helped out, in time. Police Kaka/Police Didi can offer them necessary assistance in such situations thereby creating police-student relationship based on mutual faith & trust. The examples of timely help by police will encourage other students to come forward to seek help. 
BUDDY COP: To provide a sense of security to working women, especially those working in IT industry who have to work in late night shifts, Buddy Cop initiative has been launched to provide 24x7 response system for protection and assistance to these working women. 

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