All hands together for safety and security of islanders: DGP ANI

Elaborates future modernisation plans, lists achievements in 2018
Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
20 Jan 2019

The Andaman and Nicobar Police is fast building the reputation of being one of the best forces in the country. Around 82 percent of heinous crimes reported in 2018 have been solved, while the force has worked out 72 percent of theft and burglary cases during the period recovering property worth over Rs 53 lakh. With special focus on heinous crimes and crimes against women & children, the Police has also detected nabbed 33 poachers and 15 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in 2018. As against 2252 in 2017, the Police registered at least 2822 cases against bootleggers with recovery of around 6422 ltrs of IMFL, 4513 kilos of Handiya and 764 liters of spurious liquor in 2018. This was revealed by the Director General of Police, A & N Islands, Mr Dependra Pathak, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) on Saturday.
Speaking to scribes, the DGP said that though a small one, the Andaman and Nicobar Police is a vibrant and effective one. “As a team we’re fully committed to maintain law and order and all of us are putting hands together for safety and security of the residents in these islands. I compliment my team for the devotion towards duty, some of whom work in extremely hard areas like Look Out Posts in uninhabited islands. Efforts are also underway to modernize the force here and improve professionalism among personnel,” said the DGP.
On some future plans, the DGP said that an Emergency Response Support System 112 will be launched soon. There are also plans to set up a state of art Cyber Forensic Lab cum Training Centre, a regional FSL at Mayabunder and DNA Fingerprinting Lab at Port Blair, integration of CCTNS with ICJS, five more Fire Stations at Long Island (N&M Andaman), & Kishori Nagar (N&M Andaman), Mus (Car Nicobar), Radhna Nagar (Havelock) & Hasmatabad (South Andaman), building of critical infrastructure at LOPs, strengthening of Police Training School and focus on capability building, Coastal Security, enhance Search & Rescue capabilities, creation of 383 posts, procure of 10 C- Class vessels, FIBs etc, digitisation of Police communication network, raising a new battalion and SDRF, procurement of water mist tenders, fire balls, hydraulic platform etc. for  modernisation of Fire Service.
On traffic management, the DGP said that traffic cops have been asked to focus on enforcement, sensitization and use of technology. “Around 103 training-cum awareness sessions were conducted in schools covered around 6500 students. While 1,33,179 number of challans were issued for traffic violations, 2844 cases were booked for drunken driving. Besides installing new signages in the Municipal area, special drives are also conducted at regular intervals against Dangerous Driving. For better management, we’re also in the process of introducing an intelligent traffic management system for the city,” informed Mr Pathak.
Highlighting some achievements, the DGP said that Campbell Bay Police Station was adjudged to be the 2nd best in the country. Elaborate security and traffic arrangements were made for the visit of the prime Minister, 12633 verifications were done by CID in 2018, Cyber Cell, CID unit recovered 134 mobile phones and helped revert approx. Rs. 1,80,000 in online fraud cases, all police stations have been brought under CCTNS, 257 Fire Calls and 246 Special Service Calls were attended thereby rescuing lives of 52 persons and saving property worth Rs. 150.61 crores, major fire mishaps averted at Naseem Oil Factory, North Reef hotel, MV Jolly Buoy and MV Chowra, Online Portal launched for Fire Clearance Certificates, one Officer awarded with President Police Medal for Distinguished Service, 1 officer awarded with Police Medal for Meritorious Service, 2 Home Guards received Presidents Home Guard Medal for Meritorious Service, 4 Police Officers were awarded Special Duty Medals and 4 other officers were awarded with HLG’s commendation certificates, Regina Kiro, SK Pandey, Amlan Das , Navin Kujur water Sports team bagged 8 awards including 2 gold medals at national level and PC KP Mammu won gold medal in 200 mtr sprint during the All India Fire Service games held at Nagpur. Some recent initiatives include launch of PARAKRAM- Anti Terror Response Mechanism, SATARK-Improvised Visible Mobile Patrol, Tourist Police Ecosystem and Helpline -155307, launch of E-VISA services and streamlining of the RAP regime and launch of online Reporting of Cyber Crimes against Women & Children under CCPWC scheme
In respect of Police Modernisation and Capacity Building, 174 personnel(SI, Constable, Nursing Asstt., Follower Constable) and enrolment of 199 Home Guards were recruited, MPOC construction work started at East Island, Aerial Bay and Chatham, Police Motor Transport augmented to carry out 95% repairs by PMT itself, 6 new frequencies for up-gradation of VHF network, 52 Satellite phones for disaster management and communication with remote OPs/LOPs, 332 training programs held for capacity building and imparting training on modern scientific methods of investigation, 34 training programs held by FSL for promoting use of modern forensics in crime detection & investigation,             Refresher training course held for 439 Police Personnel in Police Communication, 45 IRBn Commandos trained at NSG, Manesar and capacity building programmes on first aid and disaster preparedness covered 9697 government servants and students.