As a step towards implementation of the ‘Little Police’ programme proposed to be launched by the Goa police shortly, the Quepem Dy SP Sammy Tavares on Monday held a meeting with the teachers of various schools in Quepem who have been designated as coordinators for the scheme. The programme entails appointment of school students as “little cops” as a part of community policing and is aimed at “inculcating policing values among the children”.
Tavares told TOI that several students who have been selected from various schools will be imparted lessons in various aspects of policing. “Currently students of Class IX and also of higher secondary classes have been selected under the programme. Once the programme is officially launched, police officials will visit the schools and interact with the students,” Tavares said. Several meetings have already been held at Quepem, Curchorem, Sanguem and Canacona police stations coming under the jurisdiction of Quepem sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Tavares added.
‘Little Police’, is a first of its kind programme, conceptualised by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg, and is expected to be launched in the first week of October at the hands of chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Already around 400 students from classes IX, XI and XII have enrolled for the programme, it is learnt. The programme will be extended to facilitate college students to participate in the programme in the second phase. The programme will be monitored by an apex committee constituted for the purpose, it was informed.
Objectives of the ‘Little Police’ concept are “encouraging students to evolve as responsible and capable citizens of a democratic society by instilling in them respect for the law, self-discipline, civic sense, empathy for vulnerable sections of the society and resistance to social evils.” Community policing, through ‘Little Police’, is also expected to improve relationship between the police and the school community.
Source: Times of India