Bhubaneswar: In a bid to check crime in various forms against women the Commissionerate of Police will be tying up with different organisations in the Capital City and appoint Special Police Officers (SPOs). The women SPOs will be acting as an interface between the Twin City Poice and women employees and female students, Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi said.
In an exclusive interview to OMMCOM NEWS today, Sarangi said that the Commissionerate Police has urged educational institutions and IT firms here to refer names of their students and women employees interested to volunteer as special police officers (SPOs). The SPO initiative is slated to be launched in the first week of January.
“We want to involve female students and working employees to identify vulnerable points related to eve-teasing and such other things. Though the SPOs will not be given any salary, the police will immediately look into the issues raised by them.”
At times the victims of sexual harassment, eve-teasing and harassment at workplace prefer to remain silent which encourages the perpetrator to repeat such offences. “By having women SPOs in place, women and young students will feel more comfortable to vent their problems,” Sarangi added.
The priority of Commissionerate of Police in 2020 will be to act tough against organised crime, bring police more and more close to the common public and strengthening the emergency response (100 helpline) system, said Sarangi.
“The challenges before Twin City police in the past few months has been organised crime, petty crimes such as snatching, response to untoward incidents and effective implementation of Mo Sarkar,” he said and added that the Commissionerate Police has been successful in meeting these challenges to a good extent.
Speaking about the traffic problems in Bhubaneswar, the CP said that the issue involves: Traffic Engineering, Traffic Education and Traffic Enforcement. All three of these are essential. “If we do not provide good and commutable roads to the public, enforcement and education will not suffice.”
“The year 2019 has been good for us. We expect that the coming year will be another year of challenges but we will be successful in responding to those challenges,” Sarangi said.