New SP wants to strengthen police force in district

Channannavar asks people to contact him over phone

The new Superintendent of Police (SP), Ravi D Channannavar, on Monday said, he wants to strengthen the department in the district to maintain law and order and to bring down crime rate.

Addressing a media conference here, the SP, who took charge on Sunday, said, he will strengthen the department to reach all people in the district. “I want justice is ensured to those who approach police stations, seeking help. I will take steps to strengthen the existing system to ensure law and order and will see that the police will work as per the needs of the people. I have obtained details about the district from the earlier SP Abhinav Khare, who has been transfered to Shivamogga. I want to know more about the region and the people. I will take the guidance of my colleagues and senior officials,” said Channannavar.

When asked about the cases of highway robbery, Channannavar said, the district has four highway patrol vehicles to ensure safety of highway users and the highway patrolling will be intensified, he added.

History-sheeters warned
Channannavar said, the department will verify and delete the names of inactive history-sheeters from the list, but their movements will be monitored. “There are as many as 2,000 habitual offenders in the district. The department will try to convince them not to involve in any criminal activity. But, if they do not change, we will take stringent action against them. The police personnel will educate the offenders on various laws and punishment for crime to rehabilitate them,” he said.

Contact SP
Channannavar said, people can contact him over his official number — 94808 05001 — at any time for assistance or help. The contact number will be displayed at all villages across the district. People can call or text him when they need, he said.

Still a student!
Channannavar, a 2009 batch IPS officer, is still a student and is pursuing a postgra-
duation diploma in Business Law at the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) and he has completed a one-year diploma in English literature recently.

He has also done Master of Communication and Journalism (MCJ) and MA in Public Administration.

Channannavar is from an agriculture family and did his early education at his native village Neelgund in Gadag district, and high school from Mulgund. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Karnataka Arts College.

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