Bengaluru adopts tech policing with social media and apps

Bengaluru adopts tech policing with social media and apps
On any given day, nearly four million people follow and interact with Bengaluru police on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other apps. Instagram and YouTube will be the latest additions as the city police invests heavily in technology to reduce response time and to track first responders live. Bengaluru’s police, which has taken the tech policing ...

Police chief wants to optimise use of technology, improve control rooms

Police chief wants to optimise use of technology, improve control rooms
On the new year’s eve the State government appointed senior IPS officer Praveen Sood as the Police Commissioner of Bengaluru. On the same night, incidents of ‘mass molestation’ were reported in the city, showing Bengaluru in a bad light. Now that the dust has settled, and the police chief is completing three months in his ...

Respect culture to avoid clashes: Bengaluru Police chief to foreigners

Respect culture to avoid clashes: Bengaluru Police chief to foreigners
In the first part of the interview, you saw Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood speaking about various issues related to traffic management in the city. In this second and last part of the interview, he makes elaborate comments about issues such as the most challenging type of crime that Bengaluru police face, the drug ...

Bengaluru Police Goes Pink With New Panic App, Patrol Vehicles

Bengaluru Police Goes Pink With New Panic App, Patrol Vehicles
The Karnataka government has launched two new initiatives- a fleet of patrol vehicles and a safety app for women- in a bid to ensure greater safety for women and children. Launched from the Vidhana Soudha or the State Legislature and partly painted pink, 51 Pink Hoysala or police patrolling vehicles have been added to the ...

MY OPINION – Saving lives is more important than prosecuting offenders

  A police inspector and his driver, victims of an accident, lay in the middle of a road while passersby stopped, watched, took videos and selfies and pretended to help by offering water, asking how it happened, when all they were expected to do was to shift them to the hospital.Instances like this that should ...

MY OPINION – Suicide threats are increasingly becoming instruments of extortion

Recently , eight missed calls from a close friend heading a million-dollar company took me by surprise.He had an issue at hand; his driver requested (read demanded) Rs 2 lakh as loan to overcome his financial problems. When my friend refused, he threatened to commit suicide along with his family members, citing harassment. The recent ...

MY OPINION – Success depends on ability to take private vehicles off roads

The euphoria over opening of the east west Metro line is understandable. Cutting the travel time from 90 to 30 minutes is a dream come true for most of us. Commuters are enjoying half-empty roads along the direction of Metro. A substantially higher benefit of the Metro will come after the north-south link opens with ...

Let’s find the truth, and not loopholes

  The nation is hardly bothered to know whether Bollywood actor Salman Khan was drunk or not. Whether he was driving on the D-day or not? What concerns every citizen of this country is why it took 13 long years for the system to decide a simple matter of fact? Why was the tax payers’ ...

MY OPINION – Vehicle No. rule an odd solution to even problem

There is an old saying, `Don’t legislate what one can’t implement’. Knee-jerk announcements can malign even otherwise good solutions. Without any data, feasibility studies and an iota of preparation, even the best ideas can turn into disasters. Legislations without effective implementation machinery can make life more difficult for law-abiding citizens, making them vulnerable to exploitation.Who ...

MY OPINION – If CBD is not made pedestrian friendly, where else can it be?

Most Bengalureans would possibly disapprove of any support to TenderSURE. It is understandable considering their u sufferings due to unending civil works resulting in snail’s pace of traffic in the CBD. Why spend such a fortune on such a small stretch of road? Why do we need uwider pavements when there is so much of ...