‘State to set up 300 more SMART police stations’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2017 10:09:08


By Dheeraj Fartode,

City’s 12 police stations to become SMART by March 2018, says ADG Rajinder Singh

After setting up 86 SMART (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with Mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy) police stations across the State, the Maharasthra Police is gearing up to put in place 300 more SMART police stations before March 2018. The police stations will have a look and feel of a corporate-style office, equipped with a custody room and smartly trained policemen, revealed Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Establishment, Rajinder Singh on Thursday.

ADG Rajinder Singh was in the city for a day. Singh told The Hitavada that Ajni and Sonegaon police stations of Nagpur Police Commissionerate were developed under SMART police station initiative in the first phase. The changed ambience of the police station had a positive effect and improved functioning of policemen and yielded better productivity. Now, Nagpur will have 12 more stations which will be overhauled and get a facelift under this ambitious programme to provide better infrastructure for better, smart and citizen-friendly policing.

Police Station is the key functional unit from where the police discharges its tasks of maintenance of law and order and investigation of cases. The Police Station is also the primary point of interaction between the citizens and the police, Singh said. Due to lack of basic amenities and shabby look of police stations, police force hardly gets motivation to give their best and law-abiding citizens are very reluctant to visit police stations. Due to apathy to improve physical infrastructure of police stations

in tune with changing times, the relationship between citizens and police remained far from cosy and police personnel who perform the thankless job, also had to tolerate an uncomfortable work place with very little amenities.

Prime Minister Narendra had introduced the concept of SMART Police (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy) during the 49th Directors General/ Inspectors General Annual Conference at Guwahati on November 30, 2014. On the lines of directives issued by the Prime Minister, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BAR&D) had set up features for the SMART police station and Maharashtra took lead by setting-up 86 SMART police stations.

Maharashtra Police have 1,100 police stations and of them more than one third or 386 Police Stations will become SMART in next seven months, ADG Singh stated while hoping that these Stations will be citizen friendly, clean and meet the operational and welfare needs of the police personnel posted there.

Basic amenities for visitors, waiting area, toilets, drinking water, receptionist, rest room for constables, including separate room for women constables, CCTV, Safe & secure Armoury, Record Room, Communication Room for wireless, computers etc, will be part of SMART police station.