KOCHI: According to a recent news, Kochi police is all set to hit the streets on brand new multi-utility vehicles (MUVs) to improve the overall efficiency of the force.
As in news, the vehicles, which will be attached to the city police control room, will be equipped with global positioning system (GPS) and smart vehicle tracking systems (SVTS).
According to Kochi range IG, K Padmakumar, the new vehicles for the city police would become operational soon. While nine vehicles will be delivered in a few days, the remaining will be delivered in a phased manner. Currently, these vehicles are being modified with certain additional fittings at Thiruvananthapuram.
Police officials said: “The new fleet of MUVs would help the police deliver better service, especially when it comes to improving response time to emergency calls or crimes in the city. While a few of them will always be on the move, the others will be stationed at various points in the city.”
As per the source, the SVTS in the new vehicles would enable the control room to track the exact location and movement of the vehicle. Though the earlier control room vehicles had SVTS, which was installed in 2010, the devices stopped functioning as they were allegedly damaged by police personnel to prevent senior police officials from monitoring the movement of patrol vehicles.
The new MUVs are said to cover areas coming under 24 police stations in the city, including two traffic police stations. When the control room receives an emergency call, the telephone operator records the information and passes it on to the control room vehicle which is closest to the spot. The information is, simultaneously, conveyed to the nearest police station.