Extended security plan to shield city from felons
KATHMANDU, AUG 22 -
In a bid to reign in criminal activities in the Capital city, the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range (MPR) has come up with an extended security plan.
The plan revealed on Tuesday boasts expansion of the MPR’s workforce and an increase in police patrols and operations round the clock. It will be implemented in various phases, said MPR Spokesperson DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh.
The new strategy, which aims at combating social evils ranging from hooliganism to organised crime, has been categorically divided into short-and long-term plans.
As per the police’s short-term plan, crime prone areas, especially on the outskirts of the Ring Road, have been divided into six sectors—Eastern, Eastern A, North, West, South and Special. Bouddha and Kadaghari fall into Eastern and Eastern A areas, while North, West and South sectors include Maharajgunj, Balaju and Kalimati respectively. Likewise, the Special sector refers to the core areas of the city, including Ratnapark, New Road and Ason.
As the current police force is insufficient for the new operations planned, the MPR has called for support from the Metropolitan Police Crime Investigation Division (MPCID). According to DSP Singh, every unit that conducts cordon operations or other patrolling will have to report events throughout the night-time to the MPR the next day.
Patrol teams will be provided with small as well as big weapons, ranging from normal police batons to automatic weapons. A Long Route Patrol (LRP) will be deployed to cover larger areas and will be provided with a vehicle and a team of at least seven police personnel. The patrol teams will have the authority to take suspected individuals into custody and carry out interrogations.
Similarly, a number of regular as well as surprise checks at areas throughout the City have been planned.
The long-term plan, on the other hand, includes strategies to raise awareness form local committees under the supervision of police and mobilise the general public in maintaining
sustainable security in their respective communities.
“Under our long term strategy, we have also thought of keeping detailed records of people living in rented houses as well as those with a criminal history,” said DSP Singh.
To effectively implement the new strategic plan, the MPR has demanded additional human resources from the police administration. While the MPR is currently capable of mobilising 2,266 officials working directly under it, the strategy requires an additional 2,460 personnel.
Posted on: 2012-08-22 08:16