Kolkata Police has managed to bring down its response time to a crisis call to 10 minutes on an average, thanks to the 82 patrol vehicles staying on roads for 24 hours for 70-odd police stations across the city.
In addition, patrolling by multiple bikes and local vehicles enables the police to press over 300 two-wheelers and four-wheelers into action to respond to the SOS received from various parts of the city. The sudden rise in both visibility and effective intervention by the police to a crisis is being attributed to the Police Control Room (PCR) vans introduced in the city last year.
“The new PCR vans introduced in December are already making a difference. The vans are not only responding to crisis calls but also their GPS tracking and live feedback systems help both the Lalbazar central control and the divisional control room take the needed steps. As cops know that PCR vans are around in the city, they are responding quickly to such calls. There are 27 PCR vans on duty at any point of the day while total 60 vehicles are requisitioned for the purpose,” said a police officer.
The PCR vans patrol the city in three shifts. Cops send back a vehicle to its base only when another vehicle arrives. Each division is allotted three PCR vans while divisional DCPs deploy the vehicles and assign their patrolling areas. If any van gets stuck somewhere, the control rooms get to know about it immediately with the help of the GPS, added the officer.
Special Shakti jeeps for women cops, quick response teams, HRFS and RFS, vehicles of OCs and 10 bikes also patrol the city daily. The number of these vehicles goes up at night.
The police at Lalbazar are strengthening their women Scooty patrol teams, the number of which is likely to increase to 33 from the existing 23. With the wireless section of Kolkata Police releasing maximum vehicles from various divisions, each police station is expected to have at least two motorbikes and two four-wheelers for effective patrolling. Cops said they are planning to respond in three minutes to calls from women in distress.
Source: Times of India