Police stations on wheels in Chandigarh a reality

Mobile cop

To provide police assistance at doorsteps, especially for those belongings to economically weaker sections residing in colonies and rural areas, Chandigarh police on Wednesday introduced the concept of mobile police stations.

Two such mobile police stations were flagged off on Wednesday by Punjab governor Shivraj V Patil.

Chandigarh IGP P Srivastava said these mobile police stations will function from AC buses having a capacity to seat 12 persons. It will consist of both permanent and rotational staff.

The mobile police station will be equipped with wireless sets, weapons, crowd control apparatus and will also have a small pantry and toilet.

Srivastava said the jurisdiction of these mobile police stations will be the whole of Chandigarh and deployment will be made on a rotational basis by the office of SSP.

“It is expected that a mobile police station will reach in certain area at least once in a fortnight,” he said, adding that each such police station will function for five days a week.

Governor Patil said the concept of launching these mobile police stations was to provide assistance at the doorsteps of public by the police. He said these mobile stations would make close contact with resident welfare associations, senior citizens and panchayats.

They will also undertake inquiry of complaints, verification of servants, tenants, etc. They will also have the power to lodge complaints for non-cognisable offences and missing reports on the spot.

Of these reports, anything cognisable will be converted into FIRs in the police stations concerned.

Patil asked the inspector general of police to study the underground control room project on the pattern of Singapore for Chandigarh for effective policing.

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