City police to lay thrust on technology for winter session of State Legislature

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2017 09:22:52



Staff Reporter,

Aiming at using less manpower during the upcoming Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature, Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr K Venkatesham and his team are all set for scientific deployment of force based on micro study of deployment done over the years. This will save deployment of more than 500 police staff as the top brass wants to minimise hassles in handling of the force, said a top official.
The officer said that senior police officials had studied the patterns of manpower deployment over the years during the winter session and on that basis the new plan had been devised. Sensitive points, VIP movements, security of Vidhan Bhavan, MLA Hostel, Ramgiri, Devgiri, Ravi Bhavan, Morcha Points, Reserve Force were subjects of the mirco study. After doing the exercise, the officials have identified the places where the force would be deployed in such a manner that would avoid overlapping.

After the final report of micro study, the Police Commissioner and his team have decided to call less manpower from other parts of State. As per the initial assessment, this year 2,300 additional staff from the other units of state police are likely to assist city police during the winter session. Last year, total 2,800 police personnel from other units were called for the bandobast.

35 sensitive points

The cops have identified 35 sensitive points for the winter session. These points would be cover up by the armed police personnel. A police officer said that necessary plans have been made for the security of these sensitive points.

Two drone cameras for morcha points

The cops have decided to use drone cameras for live reporting of morchas. These cameras can be used to assess the situation and divert the traffic as well as keep watch on VIP movement route. These drone will fly at morcha points and report to control room. Eight body cameras will also be used during the bandobast. Two mobile surveillance vehicles will be deployed at prominent morcha spots.
Every year during winter session of State Legislature, roads are abuzz with traffic jams due to VIP movements and morchas. Already, the city is facing problems due to ongoing constructions of Metro Rail project and cement concrete roads. Against this backdrop, deployment of cameras will help cops a lot.

225 CCTV cameras

This year, the cops have focused on more use of electronic gadgets for continuous monitoring of bandobast. Total 225 Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras would be used including 108 aready installed under Smart City project. Only 21 CCTV cameras were used last year, said the officer.