Bicycle-borne cops to fight crimes in congested areas

Police personnel from the Metropolitan Police Range at Hanumandhoka and 13 Circles and Sectors under it have started patrolling congested areas of the Capital to combat crimes. 

The Kathmandu police initiative, which started today, comes at a time when metropolitan police around the world have gone hi-tech so as to outdo criminals. The initiative aims to control petty crimes in areas with narrow roads and gullies. 

SSP Ramesh Kharel, MPR in-charge, launched the programme by handing over 200 patrol bicycles to Metropolitan Police Circles and Sectors amid a function at Basantpur. 

As they do not make sound, bicycles will go a long way in controlling and responding to crimes in densely populated urban areas of Kathmandu where vanborne cops get stuck due to traffic congestion and pedestrianisation. The manoeuvrability of bicycles on crowded and congested areas offers an advantage to officers over van-borne cops. 

The city areas with narrow roads, which are commercial hubs, are quite vulnerable to property crimes. Bicycle patrols are expected to prevent and control crimes, and maintain law and order there. SSP Kharel informed that Nepal Police Headquarters and donor agencies had managed these bicycles. With bicycle patrols, chances of criminals getting caught increase as the latter do not receive any alert like sirens and flashing lights. SSP Kharel said the bicycles are meant for inner roads in congested settlements vulnerable to criminal activities, where four-wheelers cannot enter.

Clad in yellow reflective jackets and logistics, bicycle-borne cops will conduct round-the-clock patrols in inner city areas. Assistant sub-inspector or sub-inspector will lead each team equipped with firearms, handcuffs and communication sets. 

Kathmandu police also has Control Room Vehicle and Long Range Patrolling to deal with emergencies. 

Nodal officer picked

KATHMANDU: With a view to giving service-seekers more access to police and making police service more effective, MPR has designated DSP Arjun Chand Thakuri as its nodal officer. A flex board sporting MPR in-charge SSP Ramesh Kharel and his mobile phone number (9851205555) and nodal officer DSP Thakuri and his cell number (9851280552) has been placed in front of MPR, Circles and Sectors. According to MPR, service-seekers can contact SSP Kharel or DSP Chand to report grievances regarding police service. — HNS

Source: THT