About Community Policing
Community 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).
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.
Maj. Gen. K R Prasad
Maj Gen K R Prasad, Veteran was commissioned in the Indian Army in the Corps of Signals. He has a distinguished career in the Army spanning over long 40yrs .He has served in many Formations and Establishments across the country in different capacities and has taken part in various military operations during his career. He also had the privilege of working with Late Field Marshall Cariappa.
During his career he has held important posts as Dy. Director General and Addl. Director General in Army Head Quarters and was also deputed on critical and important assignments abroad to USA, Israel, and Sweden. His last stint was as Director, Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, from where he superannuated in the year 2010.
Being socially conscientious, he joined the social sector and is the Chief Mentor of Janaagraha, an NGO at Bangalore, working with the objective of “Improving the quality of life in urban India”. He actively works towards actualizing the objective of the organization.
Deepak has 7 years of experience and holds a diploma in automobiles. He enjoys working in the social sector and is committed to work towards a safer and secure city.
He loves his fish curry and is a good cook