Will ‘SMART’ police stations benefit common man?

Sunil Pradhan
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A deputy commissioner of police said that they are targeting a period of five to six months to make all police stations in the city ‘smart’.

Pune: With the selection of three police stations of the total 39 in the city as ‘SMART’ police stations, city police officials have entered the race to achieve the standards of a ‘SMART’ police station but the recent incidents of city police officials allegedly been involved in malpractices is maligning the image of the city police.

Such allegations are becoming harmful for the entire police department and are also eclipsing the good work done by the police. The city police officials are focused on achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘SMART’ police station and are more focused on bringing infrastructural changes.

While some police stations are focusing on improving greenery, installing Wi-Fi facilities, going more tech-savvy by connecting all police stations to Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), some police stations continue to lack basic facilities like good toilets, restrooms and creche for female police officials.

In the last few months, there have been several infrastructure changes at some police stations, which have improved the outlook of these police stations. For instance, the Hinjawadi, Dattawadi, Wakad and Bharati Vidyapeeth police stations have planted many trees in the premises.

The Yerwada police station cleaned up their premises and now use the same to play volleyball. Once a dilapidated building, the Deccan police station has been completely renovated.

A deputy commissioner of police said that they are targeting a period of five to six months to make all police stations in the city ‘smart’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier called for making the police force ‘Smart,’ which is Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive, Tech-savvy and Trained. While the city police officials are scoring well on the technology initiatives, the recent acts of corruption by some police officials are testing the reliable and responsive nature of the police.

Instances of Pune police involved in malpractice
† On June 16, constable Mangesh Sonawane and his accomplice constable Anil Raskar were arrested by Faraskhana police for allegedly robbing Rs 25,000 from Kundan Ramsingh Chhanwal, an agricultural businessman from Aurangabad, after threatening to implicate him in a false case of visiting a brothel in Budhwar Peth.
† On June 6, three police personnel including two police sub-inspectors were arrested in connection with the alleged pilferage of diesel from an underground pipeline of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in Lohegaon.
† On June 1, officials of Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a woman police constable, Priyanka Abhijit Wagh, from the Airport police station for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a passport applicant.
† On April 6, six policemen of Dighi police station were suspended for failing to register a complaint against the operators of a gambling den at Dudulgaon near Dighi after a raid in October 2016.
† On April 1, five police personnel including a police sub-inspector were dismissed from government service for allegedly under-reporting the amount of demonetised currency notes seized in Kothrud from a businessman in the first week of February.

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