BHUBANESWAR: Senior IPS officer , who assumed the charge as (CP) of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Friday, sent a strong message to his junior colleagues to empathise with people and refrain from being uncouth to complainants and victims. On July 28, the state government notified Mohanty as CP, replacing , who had been holding the key post since January 2016.
“I know that they (junior colleagues in police stations) work hard and overtime. Due to hectic and erratic work pressure, they tend to lose their cool and temperament. Still, whatever be the situation, they need to show sensitivity towards victims and stick to polite attitude in hostile situations,” Mohanty, a 1988-batch IPS officer, told TOI. Mohanty’s assumption of charge coincided with his birthday on Friday. A cake-cutting ceremony was arranged by police personnel at the CP office to celebrate Mohanty’s birthday.

After taking the rein of the , Mohanty, who was additional director general of police (provisioning), said he would take steps to improve community policing in the twin cities. “I firmly believe that policing can improve if we tie strong bond with the community. To rise up to the expectation of people, we need to reach out to the people and give them a patient hearing. People’s sense of security can increase if we serve them better and take tough action against criminals,” Mohanty told TOI. The CP said he would devise some new ideas for effective community policing, youth and students.

Mohanty said he would prepare a roadmap for the safety and security of the citizens. “I will review the existing safety measures, people-friendly policing projects and analyse the challenges before drawing the roadmap. Safety of women, children and senior citizens would as usual be given priority,” Mohanty said. The CP said acute shortage of human and material resources in the commissionerate police is a big challenge.

Y B Khurania, who handed over the charge to Mohanty, said he carried out his job with due diligence during his tenure as CP for more than two and a half years since January 2016. “I am leaving with great satisfaction after having taken a number of people-friendly initiatives and crime control measures,” Khurania said. Introduction of student traffic volunteer scheme last year where college students were hired by the commissionerate police to assist cops in managing traffic in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was one of Khurania’s initiatives that was recently extended to some cities by the state government.
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