Bengaluru: Months after many senior police officers and police stations reaching out to citizens at the micro-blogging site Twitter, the Bengaluru police is now making its debut at popular social networking website Facebook, in an order to widen citizens' participation.
As many as 152 police stations in Bengaluru shoulders the onus of safeguarding the citizens of the state capital. In a fresh venture, the police department has decided for all police stations, to have its own dedicated FB page, besides a web portal.
"The new venture facilitates quick dispensation of policing and better connectivity with the citizens of the jurisdiction," says Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration) B N S Reddy. The installation of FB in all stations will certainly help the citizens in a big way. He said this in a telephonic conversation with OneIndia.
The messaging option in the FB opens the door to aggrieving citizens to ping their plights with an 'evidence' and for the police to proceed actions to safeguard the complainant.
BNS Reddy observed that posting complaint with an evidence will abide the station to file suo-moto case in order to initiate actions speedily. This would also help enhance transparency of policing. "Since the complainant has evidence of sending his/ her message of complaint or information about crime, the investigation officer has no scope to divert from the investigation but to pursue the case credibly."
Reddy opined that for many reasons, citizens hesitate to step inside the police station and this fresh move will change this as individuals can have one to one conversation with the station personally. He added, "the FB also aide the police to impart information of criminals, crimes. This quite easily would reach masses since many citizens possess FB accounts.
The information put out on the FB will have a multiplied affect as against the old systems. Reddy expressed that any online frauds could be avoided once the police comes up with FB page. Reddy viewed that FB usage will spell out transparency, speed and limited scope for calibrating evidences.
On the other hand, the stations will also come up with websites. The police also installed 152 surveillance cameras covering the central business district areas coming under 16 police stations.