City cops to get 222 brand new patrol cars today

City cops to get 222 brand new patrol cars today

City cops to get 222 brand new patrol cars today

The Bengaluru police will get 222 brand new Maruti Ertiga cars to patrol the streets. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will dedicate them to the force on Saturday.

The vehicles have been procured at Rs 14.65 crore under the Mega City Policing scheme and will be under the control of the command centre. The police will get 200 more Maruti Ertiga cars for Rs 14 crore by the end of this financial year, Police Commissioner N S Megharikh told reporters on Friday.

At present, police have 186 Hoysala vehicles; 56 of them will be phased out and added to the command centre. The total number of Hoysala patrol vehicles under the command centre will be 278. The remaining 138 Hoysala vehicles will be attached to police stations, Megharikh said. The command centre will station 278 vehicles at various locations and control them. Each vehicle is equipped with a tablet and other facilities. Policemen on patrol will be able to reach the crime scene in no time from the nearest spot once the command centre gets a message about any emergency.

The Bengaluru police also require around 1,000 bikes for assistant sub-inspectors, he said.

Home Minister G Parameshwara will launch E-LOST, an app to help people who lose their documents and mobile phones. An emergency app to alert the police to emergencies is also in the works.

To a question, the commissioner said the police were keeping tabs on foreigners staying illegally in the city. He said the police would deport them rather than book them.

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