About Community Policing

CP-logoCommunity policing (CP) is an initiative of Bengaluru city police in partnership with Janaagraha. The objective of the program is to address neighbourhood safety and security concerns through responsible participation of the citizenry in crime prevention, at the level of the local community. Here both police and citizens work in partnership to ensure a safer and secure neighbourhood.

Community Policing focuses on community engagement to address issues of crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services, which include aspects of traditional law enforcement, prevention and solving the safety and security challenges. It is an approach, wherein community support and interaction helps prevent & control crime and citizens have a say in identifying and solving neighborhood safety and security concerns. CP accomplishes this through harnessing participation from active citizen volunteers, also called as Area Suraksha Mitras (ASMs).

Background

The idea of a Community Policing initiative in Bengaluru, had its genesis following two prominent incidents. The first was a tragic terror attack at the Bengaluru campus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science in 2008 and the second was an incident in the early nineties where a group of LTTE militants had been living, undetected, among the community for many months. At this time, Janaagraha began to deliberate on, how a deeper connection between the community and the police force could prevent further incidents like these in future. With this background Janaagraha approached the Bengaluru City Police to ascertain, how it could mobilize citizen participation to help improve the safety and security of our neighborhood and thus began the community policing initiative.

Milestones:

Official Launch of Community Policing in Bengaluru

The program was formally launched on 20th Jun 2013 by the then Hon’ble Home Minister of Karnataka, Sh K J George. The program was piloted across seven police stations, where one police station was chosen from each police zone/division of Bengaluru city.

Growth of Community Policing

Today community policing is practiced across 20 police stations in Bengaluru city, with the addition of eight police stations in 2015 and five more police stations on-boarded in 2016.

Community Policing Advisory Group

The formation of the Community Policing Advisory Group (CPAG) has been critical to the development of the CP program. The CPAG is formed by eminent and respected figures from the policing governance institutions. Their guidance, support, and expertise had created a backbone of solid direction for the CP program. The advisory group consists of Shri PKH Tharakan – former advisor to Governor of Karnataka & Ex DG and IGP, Kerala State, Sh Jacob Punnoose – Ex DG and IGP Kerala State, Dr. S T Ramesh – Ex DG and IGP Karnataka State.

Implementation       

Training of ASMs and Police personnel on the principles of CP

Training of police personnel and Area Suraksha Mitra is key to the implementation of the community policing program. The training is structured to inculcate the best practices on community policing and is overseen by Dr. S T Ramesh, former DG & IGP, Karnataka State

Formation of Jana Suraksha Samithi (JSS)

In every police station a ‘Jana Suraksha Samithi’ is formed. The Area Suraksha Mitras (ASMs – Citizen Volunteers) and the staff of the respective police station constitute Jana Suraksha Samithi. With the help of the beat constables, the Station House Officer suggests the names of persons to be included in the Samithi. The spread of members should be even throughout the Police Station area.

The Samithi should endeavour to undertake and implement Community policing within the limits of the respective Police Station

Police Stations List

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Community Policing in the Media

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  June 15 2017

DC Debate: Women in battle – Now, or later?

The contending mainstream narratives on women in combat in the Army propelled by male and female protagonists lend bias and hues to disparate arguments.

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  May 11 2016

Bengaluru police pursue dropouts, put them back in school

Maintaining law and order is the mainstay of a policeman’s job, but there’s also scope for compassion. Staff at Rajagopalnagar Police Station are trying to bring the city’s forgotten children — victims of abuse or broken homes — back into the formal education system.

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Kaapi with a Cop – Bridging the Gap between Police and Public

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Community Policing completes Four Years in Namma Bengaluru

Community Policing-On Radio One!
The Rajgopal nagar story in the Hindu dated 11 May 2016

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