VIJAYAWADA: In 2017, the city commissionerate witnessed more initiatives compared to last year, under police commissioner D Gautam Sawang. The much-talked about Mahila Rakshak and Mahila Mitra programmes began on January 26.
Sawang deployed 50 teams, each consisting five members, for these programmes. Apart from nabbing thousands of eve-teasers, the combined initiatives of Mahila Rakshak and Mahila Mitra also reformed most of them. Some eve-teasers even volunteered to be a part of Mahila Rakshak teams.
Their role in Mahila Rakshak includes that of being informants to the teams, when anything happens in their surrounding areas. They also participate in awareness programmes organised by Vasavya Mahila Mandali. In terms of technological advancement, Sawang initiated a slew of initiatives to use technology in an integrated manner for 'effective, efficient and economical policing'. DGP Nanduri Sambasiva Rao launched the e-raksha website, which he touted as 'turning data into real-time governance'.
E-raksha is an all-in-one platform, which de-centralises 'Dial 100', enabling cops to lessen response time. For example, using Verifast, a passport e-verification system, time for average verification comes down from 21 to 7 days, which is the best in the country. Highlighting the Crime Detection System (CDS), Vijayawada police commissioner D Gautam Sawang said the technology is world class, and is being introduced in India for the first time.
The CDS is a web application to share date among the police. Details of daily property crime and daily detection of offenders are uploaded in the system. The police can also share among themselves a clue or information regarding a crime for instantaneous response.
Apart from e-Raksha, the police also received 20 GPS-enabled vehicles, which will have cameras mounted on them to live-stream feed to the control command centre. Also, body-worn cameras are utilised at various crime scenes, rallies and protests, which help the police remotely monitor the situation.
The e-Raksha platform was designed and developed by a young team from a start-up called TrakitNow, led by its founder Kondal Rao. The highlight of the IT initiatives is they are integrated with the commissioner's dashboard, where top police officers can constantly monitor law enforcement across the city.