CHENNAI: The city police will now add muscle to patrolling as they will have at least 36 cars for every hundred square kilometres compared to the 12 they had a couple of years ago.
Two things have made this possible. Thursday, the city police were allotted 93 new vehicles taking the fleet size in the city wing to 800. This takes the number of patrol vehicles to 293.
Second, the Chennai police limit has shrunk to 800 square kilometers compared to 2,300 square kilometres. “At least a dozen inspectors who were attached to the crime police stations in the city had been using their own or hired vehicles for nearly two years now. All of them will be allotted an official vehicle now,” said a senior official. The newly created Tambaram and Avadi commissionerates will also get 31 vehicles. In addition to Boleros and Innovas, police have 309 bikes for patrolling in the city.
Every police station limit in the city has been divided into three or four sectors for improved patrolling. A Gypsy or a Bolero is used to patrol each sector. Now, the addition of the new vehicles would help police increase their patrolling of city streets and roads. A senior police officer said, “When the fleet increases, the visibility of cops on the road will also increase. This by itself will reduce crimes.”
The two new commissionerates in Tambaram and Avadi inaugurated in January were allotted 23 and 25 four-wheelers.