Pune: The Pune Government Railway Police (GRP) initiative to stop dacoities on trains has been featured among the 15 best practices compiled by Maharashtra Police. These practices will be replicated by other police units in the state.
The GRP has identified 19 long distance trains which are vulnerable and deployed four armed policemen for security. The guards have been deployed on trains plying on Pune-Ahmednagar, Pune-Miraj and Pune-Solapur routes. The passengers have been made aware to close windows and plainclothes policemen keep a watch on suspicious persons at railway stations.
“In order to keep watch on armed guards, officers check them at different stations to make sure they are on duty and do not leave midway. After studying dacoity-prone spots over the years, armed guards have been deployed at strategic locations. These steps have helped on putting a brake on dacoity incidents,” the report states.
The report adds that policemen and officers have been given postings keeping in mind their convenience, which has resulted in less number being absent and preventing illness. This has led to more number of personnel being available for deployment.
Also R-Track app has come handy in providing immediate help to passengers in need during accidents and illness. The app has also helped in deploying adequate manpower during rail roko protests.
Additional Director General of Police Dr Pradnya Saravade, in her letter to all police units, stated, “The good practices adopted by these 15 units have brought positive changes, which should be emoluted by other units also. Therefore, ‘Good Practices to Next Practices 2017-18’ booklet has been prepared.” DGP Datta Padsalgikar said these good practices have been shared with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) for replicating it across the country.
The other good practices include training management system by Maharashtra Police Academy, Nashik; introduction of emotional intelligence programme in curriculum by Training Directorate, Mumbai; village adoption for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ by SRPF; anti-corruption awareness programme by ACB, Mumbai; using technology and stand operating procedures for better service delivery by Navi Mumbai police commissionerate; adopting criminals to improve their livelihood by Thane police commissionerate; awareness drive about various crimes by Nashik police coomissionerate; improving capacity of police Nashik range, Aurangabad range and Gadhchiroli police; better service delivery steps by Sindhudurg, Yavatmal, Bhandara and Jalgaon district police .