Delhi Police launches 300 Raftaar motorcycle patrols for better visibility

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Delhi Police has launched 300 “Raftaar” Motorcycle Patrols in the city. The key objective of the scheme is to ensure better visibility for the police combined with area dominance and effective patrolling,as also quicker response to distress calls in vulnerable and congested localities, with particular focus on those relating to women’s safety.  Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister ofIndia flagged off the motorcycles at a function near India Gate in the presenceof Shri Anil Baijal, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

Presently,there are 2028 Motor Cycles allotted to different districts of Delhi Police.  At present, one Motor Cycle in each police  station is connected with the CPCR (Central Police Control Room) and Calls are being transmitted to them by CPCR. It was observed from experience that in crowded areas, these Motor Cycles could reach the spot faster than the bigger vehicles. Sometimes, due to traffic congestion along the route, PCR vans take longer time to reach the spot. On the contrary, Motor Cycles can reach the spot must faster as they can negotiate and move through narrow/crowded lanes more effectively.

For more effective utilization of this important resource,  i.e. M/Cycles,  available in the police stations, it was decided that three M/Cycles each from every Police Station would be refurbished,given a facelift and used effectively for more visibility of Delhi Police on Roads as well as for area domination on a regular basis.

These M/Cycles will be connected to CPCR through GPRS. The area of each P.S.,District as well as GNCT of Delhi has been geo-fenced for the purpose of proper monitoring of the movements of these M/Cycles from District Control Room aswell as C4-i at PHQ.

The main objectives of the Raftaar patrols will be asunder:-

i)                Ensure quick police action on receipt of PCR Calls, particularly distress calls relating to women’s safety.

  1. ii)Reduce the reaching time of police to publicin distress.

iii)             Reduce the complaints of late arrival of PCRVans due to traffic snarls.

  1. iv)Ensure quick intervention in law & ordersituations.

  1. v)Ensure area domination through regularpatrolling and visibility, and thereby instill a sense of safety and security.

  1. vi)Intercept robbers/snatchers, since suchcrimes are generally committed by motorcycle borne criminals who invariablyescape by avoiding the PCR vans by moving through dense traffic ornarrow/congested lanes.

In orderto give the Raftaar Motor Cycle Patrols of Delhi Police a refurbished and smartlook, these motorcycles have been modified by providing unbreakable front GlassShield for the safety of rider, comfortable helmet for rider having additionalspace inside for Bluetooth, earpiece etc., specially designed smart vest as perweather   condition, body-worn Camerasfor recording action and interaction with the public, and ear plugs to be usedwith wireless set.

Each Raftaar motorcycle will be equipped with hand heldwalkie-talkie connected with District Control Room and will receive distresscalls through this mode. These motorcycles are also fitted with GPRS and areaof each district and entire city is Geofenced for monitoring their movementsfrom District Control Room and also from Central Police Control Room at PHQ.Raftaar motorcycles will share the responsibility of already over burdened PCRvans in reaching distress spots.

Besides flagging of 300 “Raftaar” patrols, the Hon’ble HM also rewarded women police officers as well as public women who had significantly contributed to promoting women’s safety in the National Capital.

Theprogramme also included short film on Women’s Safety, a Self-Defence demonstration by girls of the age group of 10 to 12 years, and a short film on“Raftaar”.