Mohali Police information boxes pop up in 16 village gurdwaras to tackle drug menace : The Tribune India
Mohali, September 1
The police have found a new way to collect information on anti-social elements and drug traffickers in rural areas. Mohali Police have set up secret information boxes in villages to collect anonymous information from the public about unscrupulous elements to curb illegal activities.
Mohali SSP Vivek S Soni said, “To improve coordination between public police and crime control, we have taken an initiative by installing secret suggestion boxes. As part of a pilot project, 16 such boxes are installed in different villages under Majat and Sadar Kharar police stations. These boxes are placed in the village gurdwaras.
The move is intended to encourage the public to share information about suspicious activity, while maintaining anonymity. The boxes will be opened once a week by the policeman from the Majat police station. Based on the information, data will be collated and an action plan developed.
Officials said it had been noticed that villagers were reluctant to come forward to share information with police about anti-social elements for fear of backlash. “So we’ve embraced this new way of encouraging people to share information with police while ensuring anonymity,” an officer said.
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