Cops on their toes from today, Kiran Bedi is here
(Indian Express, Chandigarh, 5 April 1999)
Computerization of police stations, check on
traffic violations, welfare of forces' kin among priorities.
country's first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, assumed charge as Inspector General of Police (IGP)
of the UnionTerritory today.
Within a couple of hours of joining, she briefed the Senior Superintendents of
Police (SSPs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) and outlined what she intends to do in the next
few days. The city residents should begin to feel the difference from 8 a.m tomorrow when
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Balbir Singh will be there among the rest of his staff
regulating traffic, she said, in a chat with media persons in the afternoon.
The IGP, SSPs, SPs and sub-divisional police officers will start
visiting the police stations at 9 a.m. This is to see for ourselves, how the police stations are
functioning. Computerization of police stations is another significant step high on her
agenda. The first information report will be filed on the computer straightaway, she
said, she also plans to come down hard on traffic rule violators.
| Five offences and the driving license goes, she said firmly. Bedi said
the public will be informed through the media in advance about any road blockades due to
processions etc. Although she said she favored neither men or women, she repeatedly indicated that
she will be tough on crime against women. We will seek cooperation from non-government
organizations,she said, I also want to be able to better utilize the services of women
police. Also, the beat control system will be introduced in the city. We will
select 400 educated young men and women and train them for the beat system. Crime has to be
prevented at the grassroots level, she said.
Policemen too can look forward to the Bedi touch, more attention will be paid
to police welfare. I will do my best to serve the city. For me it is a home-coming since I
was educated and groomed here, she said.