Ambitious 'Namma Mane Police' project launched in city

800 mobile phones given to cops as part of the project

Urban Development and Law Minister S Suresh Kumar handing over a mobile phone package to constable P D Ramesh at the inauguration of ‘Namma Mane Police’, in Mysore on Monday.  District In-Charge Minister S A Ramdas, ZP President Sunitha Veerappa Gowda, Mayor Pushpalatha and  ZP Vice President Dr Shivaram are also seen. DH photo

Named as the ‘Namma Mane Police’, the project will involve 800 police personnel in the city and 440 from the district, who will visit atleast 15 houses every day to improve police and community relations. They will be joined by 1,600 teachers from the Education Department.

Apart from visiting the houses, the Community Police Officers (CPO) under the sub-project ‘Akshara Arakshaka’ would record information about school dropouts and those involved in unlawful activity and help them join schools again hoping for a bright a future.

Addressing the audience comprising police officers and teachers, Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal said that project would assist in improving the image of the cops. He said that the perception of people about the department could be improved due to this project.

Citing an survey, Agarwal said that 80 per cent of the people assume all police personnel are bad.

He said that after the first stage of the project is completed, the cops will be given two-three hours time every day to interact with the public in their designated blocks.
Based on the success of the project, there are plans to implement it across the State, he
added.

Complimenting the programme, Urban Development and Law Minister S Suresh Kumar said that stickers comprising photographs and phone numbers of CPOs will be given to every house in the district.

In case of any trouble, the family members can call the cop seeking help. He also said that the Zilla Panchayat had come forward to provide 800 cellular phones to the cops.
Medical Education and District In-Charge Minister S A Ramdas said that the first stage will consist of gathering information for a period of 15 days. At a time when crime rate is on the rise, the project would help in reducing felonies, he added.

Constable P D Ramesh of N R Police Station and teacher S Girija of Government Primary School, Gopalapura inaugurated the programme.

Mayor Pushpalatha T B Chikkanna, Zilla Panchayat President Sunitha Veerappa Gowda, Vice President Dr Shivaram, Mysore City Corporation Commissioner K S Raykar, ZP CEO G Sathyavathi,  IGP Southern Range Amar Kumar Pandey, Superintendent of Police Manish Karbikar, Mandya SP Koushalendra Kumar, Hassan SP Amit Singh and others were present.

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