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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.

    The 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.
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