Amulya Patnaik, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Delhi flagged off 15 more ‘PRAKHAR’ (Street Crime Patrols) vans from Police Headquarters today. These street crime patrols are in addition to the already operational 15 ‘PRAKHAR’ vans (one in each district of Delhi) launched on September 25, 2019.
These vans have been tasked especially to curb street crimes as well as crimes against women in the vulnerable areas
These vans are specially designed and equipped with latest gadgets for quick transmission of information about any incident related to Crime/Street crime. Each ‘PRAKHAR’ van is also equipped with Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) with inbuilt GPS besides the wireless set. The staff has been specifically trained to deal with street crimes and provided with a mobile phone in each vehicle for making communication with the victim/caller for immediate assistance.
The Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) immediately transmits the call related to Street crimes as soon as it is received in Command Room to the concerned nearest ‘PRAKHAR’ MPV for immediate action. This has reduced the response time considerably as the information is immediately displayed on the screen of the MDT with all details including that of the distress caller.
These patrol vans with their round-the-clock and dominating presence in the area have apparent deterrent effect on the criminals specially robbers, snatchers and eve-teasers. With the induction of additional 15 ‘PRAKHAR’ street crime patrol vans today, each district will now have two such vans to cover vulnerable stretches.
The patrol vans conduct intensive patrolling and dedicated checking at the vulnerable points in the crime- prone areas of the districts. The deterrent presence of these patrol vans has substantially helped in crime control, as the number of calls related to incidents of snatching and robbery have decreased in the localities covered by ‘PRAKHAR’ MPVs during the one month since their induction into fleet of PCR Mobile Patrol Vans.
Before the launch of the additional 15 ‘PRAKHAR’ vans, the Commissioner of Police interacted with the staff and briefed them to remain alert while on duty and help in reducing the street crime. He further stressed that the staff should extend all possible help to distress caller or any person in need of police assistance. They must be cordial while dealing with public and on the other hand criminals should be in fear due to their presence in the area.