PANAJI: Chief minister said that due to the increase in population and the influx of tourists, Goa police’s staff strength is being reviewed and that the government is examining a proposal to recruit more. While the total sanctioned strength of the force is 7,848, it currently has 6,051 personnel.

He said that the law and order situation in the state is under control. “Watch over active criminals is maintained through beat staff, and mobile patrolling is maintained through PCRs and motorcycles (Robins),” Parrikar said in a written reply to the assembly to a question on what preventive actions have been initiated.

Parrikar also said that police personnel establish their presence at bus stands, parking spots, railway stations, schools, colleges and crowded places by patrolling the areas.

He added that the has been revised and beat staff now collect intelligence pertaining to law and order in advance from their respective areas.

“Police-public/saadsanvad coordination meetings are held at regular intervals,” Parrikar said. “Integrated nakabandi and picket patrolling is also maintained. Community meetings are organized. Servant/tenant verification is conducted.”

Parrikar said that police staff are deployed at important public places to avoid any untoward incident, and that the police round up suspected persons to prevent crimes. “All suspects, ex-convicts and history sheeters are verified and kept under surveillance,” he said.

Despite recent incidents of violent crime, Goa police statistics show that the crime rate in Goa for the first half of the year has declined by 11% and that the detection rate has increased by 4.3%.

In the first half of the year, Goa police registered 13 murder cases and 16 attempt to murder cases across the state and all have been ‘solved’. Out of the 33 rape cases registered this year, three have not yet been ‘solved’.

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