A new training program will be introduced for the police to improve their relations with the public, Chief Police Officer C. Sylendra Babu said on Tuesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a self-service canteen, built at a cost of ₹56 lakh, at the Armed Reserve Unit campus in Egmore.
Mr. Sylendra Babu said that to address the problem of stress among police officers, a wellness program was conducted with the participation of experts from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. “Chief Minister MK Stalin and Chief Secretary V. Irai Anbu worked on the training program for 1,13,000 police officers to improve police-public relations at a cost of ₹10 crore,” said he declared.
Listing the measures taken for the improvement of police personnel, he said that permission had been granted for the establishment of a public police academy in Melakottaiyur. He said officers in the unit were trying to ensure that police personnel took their weekly leave as instructed by the chief minister. More than 1,800 police personnel have been recruited by private companies at recent job fairs.
Mr. Sylendra Babu said that 250 to 300 police officers die every year for various reasons. More than 50 people have died in road accidents and around 40 have taken their own lives for reasons including playing rummy online.
Recalling Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal’s circular warning staff against online rummy gambling and investing in bitcoin, he said, “Police personnel should be on guard against rampant frauds under the pretense of investing in bitcoin/cryptocurrency or money doubling schemes. It is our responsibility to inform people of the consequences of investing in online systems. As police officers, we must be fully aware of these consequences and not fall prey to online fraudsters. »
He added, “However, if you report within 24 hours of losing the money, the Tamil Nadu Police can recover it… Members of the public can contact us on 1930.”