Mangaluru, April 8: DG and IGP Om Prakash inaugurated the mobile app and website of the Mangaluru city police at the police commissioner’s office in the city on Tuesday April 7th.
DCP (law and order) Santosh Babu explaining about the app and the website said, this Android app is user friendly. Using this app, people can report incidents along with relevant photos directly to police control room, DCPs and the police commissioner. People can give their feedback about the new police website which will be handled by the DCPs and the police commissioner. Also applications for various licences such as driving and arms can be downloaded from the same, he said.
The app is not for lodging formal complaints, which will still have to be done at police stations, but people can still report incidents with relevant photos.
When queried why the app was not open for lodging complaints, the DCP said that there is shortage of police staff to handle complaints online or on app, hence the department could not do it.
The app consists of list of numbers for emergency services and of various departments and police stations. It also has a list of traffic offences and penalties. The website has been linked to Facebook and Twitter and also contains map of police stations, he informed.
Diya Systems has developed this app penny free. However, due to technical issues, the app is not available for download right now. The DCP assured that it would be available on Google Play Store within a day or two.
DG and IGP Om Prakash replying to a query said, it may not be possible to provide them Arogya Bhagya scheme as it is functioning on the principle of reimbursement by officials. A committee would be formed under the leadership of ADGP to address to the grievances of the retired police personnel, he said.
Pertaining to the demand for canteen, the government has said that it would look into the demand. This is not a state government scheme but is extended by the central master canteen run by BSF, so they have to give this extension, he said.
He further said that currently, home guards personnel will continue to fill the dearth of police personnel until new recruitment is done. We are planning to form a special cell to monitor the crimes taking place over the social media.
The government is taking measures to fill the vacancies in the Police Department, he informed.
Om Prakash also informed that three new police stations – traffic south, at Kaikamba and at Jeppu – will be established soon.
On this occasion, IGP (western range) Amrit Paul and police commissioner S Murugan were present.