VADODARA: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state, the city police have started community policing with the help of street-side hawkers. The hawkers have been taken into confidence by the cops to provide them information and also help detect crimes. The project named Hawk Eye aims to reach out to people at ground level for improving police services.
"We started the project about 15 days back and we are getting positive response. Police officials have met hawkers under their respective police stations and discussed the project. We have got very encouraging response from the hawkers," said city police commissioner Rakesh Asthaana.
"Hawkers are good source of information and they can also help us in detecting crime and preventing it too. In fact, just few days back a hawker nabbed a vehicle thief and handed him over to the police. It will take us at least six months to refine this project and implement it properly," Asthaana added.
Also, the city will soon get a new cyber crime cell complete with senior officers. "The state government has already allocated us Rs 25 lakh and we will be the second city after Ahmedabad to have a separate cyber crime unit. The new unit will have one deputy superintendent of police (DSP), police inspector and junior staff," Asthaana informed.
The police department has decided to create two more new police stations in Makarpura and JP Road area considering the large area of their jurisdictions. The new police stations would be carved out from these two existing police stations. "And, we have decided to have two police inspectors in six police stations in sensitive areas," Asthaana said.