GUWAHATI, June 5 - Guwahati city police is likely to go for crime mapping of the city so that the vulnerable areas can be properly identified to ensure prevention of crimes through deployment of extra forces and extensive patrolling. The city police has also decided to launch a major offensive against illegal weapons shortly.
Police sources told The Assam Tribune that a proper crime mapping is vital for detecting the vulnerable areas so that the police can plan accordingly to check crime involving property in the city. Though the overall crime rate in the city so far this year was lower than the previous year, there is ample scope for improvement to check such crimes, including vehicle theft.
The crime scenario in the city was discussed in detail in a meeting held at the Police Reserve here today, which was chaired by Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia and attended among others by the Commissioner of Police, Joint Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Officers in charge of the police stations.
Sources said that stress was given on improving the quality of investigation of cases to improve the conviction rate, while, all the police stations were directed to ensure that the charge sheets of the cases are filed on time to prevent criminals from coming out of jail on bail. Very often, it becomes easier for the accused persons to come out on bail because of the failure of the police to file the chargesheets of the cases on time.
The use of weapons by criminals in several recent incidents including the robbery in MP Jewellers has become a major cause of concern and the meeting decided that all police stations would launch a major drive against illegal weapons. The police stations have also been directed to keep a close watch on suspects and persons who were arrested earlier and now out on bail to ensure that they are strictly following the bail conditions.
As the city has now been divided into three police districts headed by Deputy Commissioners of Police, strict instructions have been given to ensure better coordination among the districts and police stations so that a concerted effort can be launched all over the city to bring down the crime rate.
All the city police personnel have been warned that there would be zero tolerance policy on the issue of corruption and the police stations have also been instructed to ensure that all the visitors get better treatment from the men in uniform.