Nagaland Home minister Y. Patton on Friday inaugurated the full-fledged ‘all women police station’ in Dimapur and the Dimapur police CCTV network at Old SP’s office complex.
Speaking at the inaugural programme, Patton expressed confidence that with this initiative crime against women and children would come down, while criminal activities would also reduce with the installation of 42 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 11 strategic locations within the city
“Since there was no women PS for more than a decade, many cases went unreported as women were apprehensive in approaching police station due to gender sensitivity,” Patton said. He informed that the Dimapur women cell under east PS took up around 100 cases in 2015, while in the current year 89 cases were reported till October 2016.
“With the full fledged women police station in place, cases against women and children will be handled independently, which would also ensure justice,” he asserted. He further urged the women police to put all out efforts, saying more responsibilities have been put in place with high expectations.
Patton also officials to hold frequent awareness programmes, seminars and trainings to update the women police officers on the guidelines for handling and probing cases of crime against women and children. Patton lauded chief minister for his concerted and committed political will to setup women police station in Kohima and Dimapur and CCTV network in Dimapur within a span of short period.
Further, the minister said that installation of CCTVs at strategic locations, under the Police Commissionerate would be effective in crime detection. “Despite financial constraints, the department could install numbers of stand-alone state of the art of CCTV units at different locations with all feeds integrated to a control room through internet protocol.”
Meanwhile Dimapur Police Commissioner, Liremo T. Lotha in his opening remarks said, “Despite various challenges, women cell Dimapur have executed their assigned duties diligently.” However, with the setting up of women police station, he said the women police personnel would have greater role to play to contain crime against women.
Director General of police L.L. Doungel in his speech, requested the police personnel to shed those colonial attitude and focus on better policing. He also appealed the public to extend continuous support to the police.