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People are paying salaries of police: DGP‘Individual dignity of every citizen must be given highest priority by police personnel’

Only when a poor and not so influential person is treated on a par with the rich person at the police station, service value of police will improve, said Telangana Director General of Police (in-charge) M. Mahender Reddy.

The State police chief said it could take time to transform the response of entire police force when a complainant comes to police station, but serious efforts were being made in that direction. Interacting with The Media Hyderabad Editorial team at its office here on Thursday, he said some change could be achieved in Hyderabad due to some initiatives.

“I had been driving home the point to all police personnel in the State that they must realise it is not the Government that is paying their salaries but the people,” he said replying to a question. The police personnel should realise and be grateful to the people who are paying their salaries and pension after retirement, he observed.

No humiliation

The police chief said his goal would be to ensure no citizen was felt humiliated when he/she knocks on the door of a police station. “Individual dignity of every citizen must be given highest priority by every police person. This is being explained to all officers,” the DGP said.

Soon a system would be introduced in the entire State to collect feedback about the services and performance of policemen of every police station in the State. This was done in Hyderabad. Enquiries by a third party would be conducted as to how a citizen was treated when he/she went to the police station for any service, he said.

₹1,000 cr for technology

The State Government is spending more than ₹ 1,000 crore for implementing latest technology in the police department, said the Director General of Police.

Mr. Mahender Reddy said that the 20-storied Command Control Centre, which is coming up on Road No. 10 of Banjara Hills will be the fusion of various technologies and all miniature district-level Command Control Centres will be integrated to the main centre.

10 lakh CCTV cameras

Mr. Reddy said that the Government will install more than 10,000 CCTV cameras in the city, “and under Nenu Saitham project our goal is to have 10 lakh surveillance cameras to be installed in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation,” he added.

He said that based on the request of the police department, the Government has constituted a Cabinet sub-committee for transferring ownership of road safety from Transport Department to engineering department for better engineering works.