Mangaluru: The launching of the revised Dakshina Kannada District Police blog, Facebook page and Twitter page was held at the SP’s Office here, on October 17.
After the launch, SP Dr Sharanappa said that the police department has organized various programmes to bring awareness among the people. “To bring the public closer to the police department and report any crime, we have launched Facebook and Twitter pages. Earlier, the blog was mostly used by mediapersons, but our intention is that the general public should use these pages.”
He further said that the blog contains information about the crimes, history of DK police, Right To Information act, highway safety police guidelines for drivers, guidelines for motorcyclists, women’s rights, child line, cyber crime, personal safety, security tips, and youth and drugs.
“The major objective behind our use of social media is to bring awareness among the people and to send a message that the DK police are with you and for you. The public can share any information that they want with the police through the Facebook page and help in improving the efficiency of the police.”
He also said that not all are familiar with Twitter. “As Facebook and Twitter can be used 24×7, people can share information at anytime. We have also planned to open a media surveillance cell and it is in process. If we get any genuine information, we will investigate it. The blog will be updated twice a day, in the morning by 10 am and in the evening between 6 to 7 pm.”
When asked about the Sullia shootout, SP Sharanappa said that the hunt is on for the prime accused in the case.
When asked about the Sullia dacoity case, the SP replied, “I have requested the DC to install 60 CCTV cameras at various locations. We have identified places to install the CCTV cameras. If we install CCTV cameras, we can reduce crime. Inspite of facing shortage of manpower, we need to provide safety to the people. Sometimes due to shortage of manpower, we are unable to reach all the places. If we install CCTV cameras, it will help to reduce crime and also to solve cases quickly. We have identified 70 junctions where CCTV cameras can be installed.”
Puttur ASP probation Ryshanth, Addittional Superintendent of Police Vincent Shanthakumar, Assistant Superintendent of Police Bantwala Sub-division Rahul Kumar Shahapurwad and Assistant Superintendent of Police Puttur Sub-division C B Ryshyanth were also present.