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Sep 1, 2009

Bridging the gap between police and public


Over 25 petitions were received by the Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore Rural District, N. Kannan during the first public grievance meeting held at the district police officer here on Monday.

This was held following Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s directive to the police department recently to hold such meetings at a regular interval to find solution to the public grievances.Accordingly, the department has instructed the unit officers i.e., the Superintendents of Police to meet the petitioners on the first and third Mondays of every month.

On Monday, the Superintendent of Police had the Additional Superintendents of Police present with him, besides all the Deputy Superintendents of Police of all the sub-divisions in Coimbatore while the Station Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors were asked to remain at their respective police stations. Whenever, a petition was presented, the SP consulted the DSP concerned and instructions were given over the Very High Frequency wireless mike and phone to the jurisdiction officers to find out a solution to the long pending problem of the petitioner.

Mr. Kannan said that though he was meeting petitioners every day whenever in headquarters or whichever place he was visiting, the objective of having a standardised format of a grievance day on first and third Mondays was basically aimed at having the DSPs and jurisdiction officers at their respective headquarters to find instant solutions.

The petitions received were perused and after consultation with the DSP, instructions were written on the same and despatched to the Inspector so as to reach within an hour so that solutions could be found early. “Unlike other departments, grievances requiring police intervention could not put on hold or wait, hence such meetings would take the police closer to the public”, Mr. Kannan said.

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