Pune: The city police on Tuesday launched ‘We Make Pune City Safe’ awareness campaign for informing citizens about various initiatives for their safety and security. Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla flagged off a rally to inaugurate the campaign at the police headquarters. The initiatives include ‘BuddyCop’ for working women, ‘PoliceKaka’ for school children and ‘CitySafe’ app for all citizens.
“After the murder of Rasila Raju (Infosys software engineer), we came out with BuddyCop initiative to help working women in distress. Women can contact police on WhatsApp or phone. Then there was demand from school children for the same and we launched ‘PoliceKaka’ scheme wherein a policeman interacts with school children in his jurisdiction. The ‘CitySafe’ app has been started with an aim to provide immediate help to people in need. But all these can be a success if everyone including people, police, media, industries work together and this will ultimately make Pune safer,” Shukla said while addressing a gathering of school children and police personnel.
On this occasion, 150 mobile phones were also distributed to the beat marshals who are the first responders after a call is made to the police control room (100).
Senior police officers including Joint CP Ravindra Kadam, Additional Commissioners of Police Ravindra Sengaonkar, Sahebrao Patil, DCPs Deepak Sakore, Basavraj Teli, Sudhir Hiremath, Pankaj Dahane, ACP Suresh Bhosale and all the senior police inspectors in-charge of the 39 police stations were present on the occasion. Natasha Poonawalla, Chairperson of the Villoo Poonawalla Foundation, Jagdish Balaji Rao of Venkys India Ltd, Krishnakumar Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Kohinoor Group, Anil Whabi of Finolex Industries Ltd, and Rajesh Utamchandani of SSK Group, who supported the police initiative, were present on the occasion.