Senior citizens are a vulnerable section of our society and the Commissionerate Police must activate senior citizen cells in police stations as well as hold regular interaction with them to address their issues of safety and security, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. 

Addressing the eighth Raising Day of the Police Commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Patnaik also urged upon the city police to use tools of modern technology and communication gadgets in improving the quality of services to people. 

The CCTV system has been introduced in Bhubaneswar since last year and Cuttack will soon have a modern control room and CCTV system, he said. 

Patnaik emphasized that policing should not be limited to crime control and maintenance of law and order alone. The ambit of policing needs to be such that a climate of safety, security and trust is enjoyed by one and all, including the women and weaker sections of society. 

“We must create an environment in which police is better accessible to public. The citizens should approach the police station with a hope instead of fear”, he said. 

The officers should work towards a better, efficient and transparent system of deliverance, he added. 

He claimed that the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate is hailed as a successful model of the Commissionerate System in the country. It is very important for the Police to make citizens feel safe and improve lawabiding behaviours. 

The Commissionerate Police, therefore, should develop zero tolerance to crime as one of their goals, said the CM. 

He appreciated the efforts of the Commissionerate Police to involve the community and urged the people of the twin cities to participate in the Resident Security Committees within the jurisdiction of each Police station. 

Crime against women need to be investigated quickly, the perpetrators arrested and punished by way of speedy trails which would serve as a effective deterrent, observed Patnaik.