Students get a whiff of police system

Students get a whiff of police system

“I am excited to enter a police station. It is thrilling to know about the Police department and their style of functioning,” said Arjun, a student of class X at Paduvarahalli Higher Primary School, Mysuru, recently. He said, he had visited a police station for the first time.

Like him, 51 students of the school were at Jayalakshmipuram police station to get hands-on information on various activities of the department. The station, as part of the ‘Crime Prevention Month’, had brought the students to the station to educate them about policing. The students were excited to see a range of weapons like rifles and guns and lock-ups. Police Inspector Thimmegowda explained about 303 rifle, self-loading rifle (SLR) and different pistols.

A student asked him, why do not the police personnel carry these powerful heavy weapons with them? “The weapons are very powerful and would cause heavy destruction, if fire is opened. If there is a necessity, the police personnel will definitely use them,” he explained.

Only trained and professional persons can handle these weapons effectively. The weapons need extra care while handling, he explained.

The students were surprised to see a lock-up, lacking light and ventilation and with an open toilet. “Why is the cell not provided with basic infrastructure and toilet?” they questioned a police personnel. Students moved all around the station to learn about the style of functioning. Pamphlets, containing various information and safety measures for an emergency, were distributed to the students. “I was afraid of the police personnel, but, now, I am greatful to them, as they serve 24/7 for people’s welfare. Even though the Police department serves children like us, I was not aware of it,” said Aishwarya. Such programmes should be conducted in every school, so that children will get awareness and come forward to share complaints,” she said.

Police personnel distributed chocolates and sweets to students and asked them to be alert about criminals and criminal activities. “If you come across any illegal activity, you must inform your parents or teachers or the nearby police station,” advised Thimmegowda. The inspector also educated the students on various harassment against children, their rights and other related issues.
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