MHA to establish SMART Police Stations, asks states to submit their proposals

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Dec 29: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday stated that every state in the country will establish one SMART police station, asking the respective governments to submit their proposals with specific location and components by January 31, 2015.

A concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, SMART police stations (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy) will seek to be also the primary point of interaction between citizens and the police.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to allocate specific funds for setting up of SMART police stations in each state shortly and will work towards the founding of more SMART police stations during the next financial year.

The efforts will also be made to involve the private sector and their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes to expand the roll out of SMART Police Stations.

The SMART Police Station would become the foundation towards SMART policing. A SMART Police Station should be citizen friendly and clean. It should also meet the operational and welfare needs of the police personnel posted there.

Suggested features of a SMART Police Station:

A- Basic amenities for visitors, waiting area, toilets, drinking water, Receptionist whom the visitors can meet.

B- Rest room for constables, including separate room for women constables.

C- Natural lighting and ventilation, solar lighting, energy saving features.

D- CCTV, Safe & secure Armoury, Record Room, Communication Room for wireless, computers etc.

E- Automated kiosks for filing of complaints by public (with a back-end system for tracking follow up action).

(With Agency Inputs)

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