Crime drops as Chittoor embraces community policing in a big way [Best Practices, Ethics]
- With 4,500 volunteers enrolled as Community Police Officers (CPOs) in just five months, the community policing effort launched by the Chittoor district police has evoked an overwhelming response.
- Professionals, including doctors, lawyers and engineers and students have signed up to help in various aspects of policing.
- The services of the CPOs is being used in almost all areas of policing, including crime, traffic regulation, night beats, security duties, road accidents, data entry and operations against red sanders smuggling.
- Gone are the days when people used to be afraid of coming to police stations. Now, the very motto of the community policing is to create a very healthy and people- friendly atmosphere.
- Women are playing a vital role in detection of possible crimes beforehand, thus helping its early prevention. The presence of women CPOs is of immense help in counselling in cases involving domestic violence and issues related to women.