With the aim of making its presence felt on social media, the city police’s Suraksha Setu project is gearing up to launch a page on the popular social networking site, facebook. The new page is being planned by four students of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), officials said.
According to additional director of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and joint CP of special branch, Ahmedabad, Shamsher Singh, the page is likely to be launched next month. “The page is being designed as not only a means to communicate Suraksha Setu’s programmes to the public but also as a means to gauge interest in them,” he said.
Singh said that after its launch, the ‘likes’ on any particular topic being discussed on the page would determine the focus of its policy. “With social media being so popular, the page will turn out to be a good feedback mechanism. We will be able to discuss issues at a public forum and have instant suggestions from the citizens as well as be able to make any changes to the policy or plan based on the ‘likes’ any topic gets,” Singh explained.
The page will be classified into various topics, including women’s safety, senior citizens’ welfare, youth education, house renting, vehicle safety and others. “We will also be uploading various educational material, including videos, list of offences deemed crimes against women among others with the aim of engaging all members of society,” Singh said.
The idea and implementation of the page can be credited to four students of IIMA’s postgraduate programme (PGP), he added. They discussed the idea with professor Anil Gupta, who represented it to the city police, he said.
Traffic police now on WhatsApp
The city commissioner of police on Wednesday announced the launch of its number on free messaging service WhatsApp. The number (9979921095) can be contacted by anyone through WhatsApp to report traffic-related issues, said a notification. “If there is a traffic jam, illegal parking, accident or even a home guard, TRB or other police official not doing their duty properly, citizens can report the issue along with the date and time. They can even capture an image of the issue and send it through WhatsApp,” it said. Citizens can use the number to report other issues related to police and also give suggestions through it, the notification added.