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Change of guard: New top cop stresses on improving civilian safety in capital

Bhim Sain Bassi, who took over as Delhi police commissioner on Wednesday, said his priority will be to make Delhi safer for civilians, and added that he plans to revive the neighbourhood watch scheme. Bassi, who assumed charge of the more than 80,000-strong police force, stressed, 'My priority is to make Delhi safer for civilians.'

'As part of efforts to make Delhi safer, the neighbourhood watch scheme would be revived,' said the 57-year-old Bassi, who succeeded Neeraj Kumar in office. 'I request everyone to follow the laws and definitely we'll punish those police officials who are involved in illegal activities.’
Stressing on the need for safety for women and children, the 1977 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer said security for women and children would be his utmost priority and he would also focus on cases of child snatching.

Bassi also plans to resolve  traffic problems. To ease traffic jams in the capital, he said he would coordinate with various agencies that look after roads, including the Public Works Department, and other organisations.

The police would also coordinate with neighbouring states to control crime. ‘Tackling terrorism is also on the priority list,’ Bassi said, adding his aim is to ‘bring the fear of law into criminals and not of the police’.

In order to make Delhi police officials more approachable, he said the police force will be instructed to file FIRs for small thefts too. Officials will also hand over the FIR or a copy of the complaint to the complainant.

Officials will be instructed to inform people regarding developments in their case.
In case the complainant is found to be lying, action will be taken against him or her as per provisions of  the Indian Penal Code.

The problem with filing immediate complaints would be that the number of FIRs would show a rise, but according to Bassi, it would help them monitor the area-wise crime-graph.
On the recent death of a stunt biker in police firing, he said stunt riders are not criminals, they are sinners. 'We will challan their vehicles and register cases under relevant sections.'
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