Odisha: DGP BK Sharma Reviews Coastal Security

Bhubaneswar: DG Police Bijay Kumar Sharma on Wednesday reviewed coastal security in the State with Superintendents of Police of seven coastal districts – Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam and Berhampur over video conferencing from the State Police Headquarters in Cuttack.

Additional DGP,  Coastal Security and other senior officers attended the conference. The meeting assumes significance as a meeting – ‘National Committee on strengthening Maritime & Coastal Security threat from the sea’ will be held in Delhi on Thursday.

Cabinet Secretary will review the marine security activities through video conference during this meeting.

Sharma reviewed the performance of 18 Marine Police Stations located in seven coastal districts. These police stations are not only dealing with coastal security issues, but are also looking after the crime and law and order issues of the adjoining localities.

After a threadbare review following decisions were taken:

Range IGP/DIGP and SPs shall visit the Marine Police Stations at least once every month and ensure their proper functioning.

The SPs shall inspect Marine Police Stations on a regular basis and submit the inspection note to State Police Hdqrs.

The SPs shall ask the IICs of Marine P.S to make extensive sea patrolling in their jurisdiction.

The technical staff deployed in the Marine Police Stations shall be utilised properly and effectively.

SPs shall ensure posting of adequate manpower in Marine Police Stations especially in the rank of constable and Home Guards.

SPs shall submit detailed proposal to IGP (Modernisation) relating to construction of office building, staff Qrtrs and other infrastructural development.

The DGP has specifically asked the SPs to pay special attention to the functioning to the Marine Police Stations in their districts and try to strengthen it by means of manpower and other verticals.

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