Whitefield and EC to have exclusive police division soon

BENGALURU: The state government’s proposal to restructure police stations in Bengaluru, which will result in some being merged or new ones carved out for better administration, is likely to trigger a lobby war by politicians.

 While the exercise will benefit citizens, legislators are concerned over losing a revenue-earning police station. The exercise, which is going to be executed shortly, is similar to the delimitation of assembly constituencies that happened in 2008. One of the positive aspects of the reorganization is the city’s IT corridor between Whitefield and Electronics City will have a exclusive police division shortly. This division will be headed by a DCP-rank officer, home minister G Parameshwara told the media on Wednesday .

“Some police stations have a jurisdiction of 50km to 60km and some don’t. Madiwala is one of the largest police stations handling 3,000 cases which will be split into three,” Parameshwara said.

 The home minister, who was instrumental in abolishing the orderlies system in the police department, said the Whitefield police station will be given the jurisdiction of Electronics City apart from other areas. Orderlies are police constables who are initially trained in crime detection, handling law and order situations and traffic management but end up doing menial jobs in the homes of police officers.
“We learnt a few lessons from the recent violence over Cauvery and the garment workers’ strike. At present, there are 105 stations and seven DCPs which are likely to go up to 110,” he added. On dividing the Bengaluru city police commissionerate into two, Parameshwara said the issue is not before the government now. “It’s a long-term plan as the priority is to reorganize police stations and make them compact,” he added.

It is learnt that dividing the commissionerate will involve splitting Bengaluru into urban and its outskirts. In that case, Kempegowda International Airport will fall on the outskirts as it’s 40km from the city centre.

Credits Times of India

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