BY: Piyush Sarna
MOHALI: Police-public meetings are on in the district to boost tenant verification, encourage use of internal security apps, and gather ground intelligence against crime.
Superintendent of police (rural) Ravjot Kaur Grewal conducts these meetings under the supervision of SSP Satinder Singh. Held at a Zirakpur resort, the first meeting on December 17 had an attendance of 300 people, representing 180 resident welfare associations (RWAs).
SP Ravjot Kaur said: “Mohali is developing, urbanising, and growing, so the trust between its police and communities should be strong. We hope that these meetings will make community policing popular, and police-public partnership will be able to respond to complex situations.”
The cops have asked the RWAs to sign up their members for tenant verification. The SP said: “We also plan to make an app for the RWAs to let them know whether the tenant verifications were accepted or not.” Since flats and large housing societies are developing rapidly in Mohali, the district police have appealed to the residents to start using the internal security apps of respective housing societies.
The cops want the residents to know their neighbours, regular vendors, and visitors. “This is a way to empower society,” said Ravjot Kaur, adding: “Ground intelligence will help us solve crimes. Residents should report anything unusual they observe in their area.”
The second meeting in Kharar had a participation of 79 RWAs. Senior superintendent of police Satinder Singh told TOI: “We are in touch with the district’s security-providing agencies. They charge so much from the housing societies but their guards do little besides noting down names in the visitors’ book. We will tell them about their other duties.”
In his first interview after joining, the SSP had invited the Mohali residents to be the eyes and ears of the Mohali police in order to reduce the crime rate.