Police get sleek new Hoysalas, promise better patrolling

Police get sleek new Hoysalas, promise better patrolling

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-07-01 21:25 Bengaluru: The city police have inducted 222 new patrolling vehicles to enhance the efficiency of round the clock patrolling.The newly inducted state-of-the-art Hoysalas, which were earlier under the control of the Station House incharge (Inspector), will now be monitored by a centralised command centre, said police commissioner NS Megharik.The commissioner said the government had sanctioned another Rs14 crore for the purchase of 200 more vehicles. “We went for the Ertiga model as it is very compact and it can move in small areas in quick time,” he said.Earlier, Hoysalas, apart from regular patrolling, were also being used for other police work. This not only burdened the staff but also reduced the efficiency of patrolling work. But the new vehicles will be used only for their actual purposes, said police commissioner Megharik, adding that old Hoysala vehicles would be handed over to police stations for routine work.The city police will soon add another 600 CCTV cameras apart from the existing 156 cameras to monitor the city. The cameras would be connected to a command centre where staff can monitor the entire city 24/7, said the commissioner, adding that the department was planning to introduce a mobile app akin to a panic button, which could be connected with the city police control room, enabling the police to send help to those in distress, said Megharikh.City armed reserve force to be get boostThe government has sanctioned three more CAR battalions, said Megharik. From next year, 1000 members will be added to police force to CAR. This will address the overtime issue to large extent, he said.