'Cops should interact with citizens'

'Cops should interact with citizens'

That’s one of the initiatives planned by the new Home Minister R Ashok in a bid to make the Police department more citizen-friendly.

Holding his maiden press conference on Thursday after being allotted the Home department in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Ashok said he had directed senior officers to maintain a log book on their visits and interaction with the public.

“Police officers should not confine themselves to their chambers. They should be visible to the public,” Ashoka said. The Home department will take an appropriate decision on security measures when the Supreme Court announces the next date for pronouncing the Ayodhya verdict. “We were fully prepared to ensure law and order and communal harmony. I will soon hold video conference with SPs of various districts to review the security arrangements,” the Home Minister said.

Ashok said he would soon draw a plan of action with senior police officers for Bangalore City. He said action was be initiated mercilessly against organisations involved in anti-social activities.

The minister said he had asked officers to submit a report on the measures that could be taken to enhance the facilities being provided to police constables.

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