‘Our job is only to protect citizens from crime and criminals’
In a free-wheeling dialog with SAGAR RAJPUT, new Mumbai Police Commissioner VIVEK PHANSALKAR shares his plan of constructing a brand new rule for senior cops to frequently meet girl complainants whereas saying that the drive, on his watch, is not going to work underneath any political strain. He additionally weighs in on the spike in cyber crime circumstances within the metropolis. Excerpts:
How do you propose to take care of crime towards ladies, youngsters and senior residents within the metropolis?
Our main job is prevention and detection of crime. Ensuring the security of girls, youngsters, destitute and senior residents shall be our main focus. We will even intention to provide justice to the people who find themselves struggling. Mumbai is a giant metropolitan metropolis and policing is a large problem. We is not going to complain about constraints of assets and can do no matter is required to make sure the security of residents with the assets that now we have at our disposal. Our drive is likely one of the finest within the nation, although some previous incidents did put a dent on our picture. The supply of companies shall be carried out appropriately. We will quickly begin reviewing circumstances the place ladies are the complainants. A senior police officer will personally meet the complainant and the investigating officer of the case to make sure that their issues are resolved on the earliest. It will assist us construct confidence in them. Our actions will converse for us.
Are the Mumbai police working underneath political strain as, quickly after the formation of the brand new authorities, the town police’s SIT closed a preliminary enquiry (PE) towards businessman Jitendra Navlani, who together with three different individuals had been accused of extorting cash from prime builders on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate?
Mumbai police is not going to work underneath any political strain. We shall be dealing solely with the info and circumstances of a case. We will work as per proof accessible on file. The SIT has evaluated the info and the proof that had been on file and it’s on the premise of them that the closure report was submitted.
The Antilia and Mansukh Hiren homicide incident has proven the Mumbai Police in unhealthy gentle. As the brand new Mumbai police commissioner, what precautions will you’re taking to make sure that such an episode just isn’t repeated?
I’ve advised the police personnel that wrongdoings is not going to be tolerated. In the primary assembly with senior-ranked officers, I conveyed a robust message to them that our job is just to guard residents from crime and criminals. Strict motion shall be taken towards those that bask in any misconduct.
Former commissioner Sanjay Pandey had launched a sequence of initiatives, together with the ‘Sunday Street’. Would you be persevering with with them or will there be any adjustments?
Whatever initiatives are within the curiosity of individuals shall be continued. Of course, we will even be gauging folks’s response to those initiatives and accordingly, choices on adjustments shall be taken.
What are your plans to guarantee that the town has a wholesome police drive?
Given the working hours, it turns into troublesome for us to search out time to deal with one’s well being. But we’ll attempt to infuse enthusiasm within the drive and encourage the personnel to deal with their well being at residence in addition to at work. Every particular person ought to be aware about their well being and keep away from consuming junk meals. We will encourage our personnel to eat home made meals as a lot as attainable and in proportion to their physique requirement. Besides, we’ll organise well being camps, deal with critical illnesses of each personnel, improve our medical services and overview their companies. I will even be mandating senior police inspectors and people of the rank of deputy commissioners of police to frequently verify on the well being of their subordinates and advise them accordingly.
In what approach would you make sure that the town is protected from terrorism?
We have our anti-terrorism cell at each police station that are protecting a verify on anti-social parts. We will even be coordinating with the state Anti-Terrorism Squad and can quickly maintain a gathering with the ATS chief to make sure that we’re on the identical web page. Counter-terrorism preparation and tackling all threats with well timed and vital motion shall be our precedence.
How do you propose to make sure strict regulation enforcement on institutions (motels, pubs, bars, eateries, and so on) with out affecting Mumbai’s nightlife?
The authorities has laid down sure guidelines and rules. At the time of issuing licences to the house owners of respective institutions, they’re instructed to abide by the legal guidelines and are anticipated to take action. We don’t intend to remove from the town’s nightlife however our job is to make sure that the foundations are adopted.
How do you propose to curb the menace of cyber crime? Increasing complaints with poor detection and restoration price in cyber crime circumstances are a few of the critical points plaguing the residents. How do you propose to sort out these?
It is a serious problem. Today virtually everyone seems to be energetic on social media and there’s no territorial binding to it. We have 5 cyber police stations within the metropolis and shall be reviewing their manpower and instruments. We will improve them as and when required. I will even be mandating all native police stations to take care of such complaints promptly and assist individuals who have fallen prey to such frauds. But I might additionally wish to attraction to the folks to be cautious and keep away from contact with any unknown particular person. Unless they’re assured, they need to not share their checking account particulars with anybody, least of them unknowns. Meanwhile, now we have a social media laboratory that’s protecting an in depth eye on social media as a result of well timed intervention is vital.