Cops, citizens join hands to form 2 action committees

To improve functioning of police chowkies and resolve traffic woes, two action committees would soon be set up at the Shivajinagar police headquarters. Both the committees will have representatives of citizens and the police. The decision was taken at a seminar organised by the police and the Pune Citizens Police Foundation (PCPF) yesterday.

In rapt attention: Citizens and police personnel at the seminar yesterday. Pic/Mohan Patil

Retired police commissioner of Mumbai, M N Singh, inaugurated the seminar, which was attended by Pune Commissioner of Police (CP) Gulabrao Pol, Joint CP Sanjeevkumar Singhal, PCPF President Arun Firodia, retired director general of police K K Kashyap, Symbiosis founder S B Mujumdar, social activist Vidya Bal and Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, among others.

Addressing the crowd, Singh said, “Citizens have become alert and have started questioning. Cities like Pune and Mumbai are leading in service industry and the nature of crimes in these cities is also changing. Police should provide good service to its citizens, and create an environment that would instil faith among women about the force.” However, Vidya Bal said that the police treat citizens according to the class and strata of the society they come from. “This mindset of theirs has to change,” he said.

Gorhe said the challenges in front of the police force are mounting and the force needs to be better equipped to take on the challenges. “Police personnel should realise that politics and policing should be kept separate. They should keep themselves away from politics,” he said.

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