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State activates tourist police

Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2018 11:52:43 AM IST

Zero tolerance approach to  anti socials, says DGP


 State police in association with the Tourism department Saturday officially launched the tourist police, a special squad that will ensure safety of tourists especially in the wake of rising footfalls of both foreign and domestic tourists to the popular annual Hornbill Festival at Kisama.

Speaking at the inaugural programme for orientation of tourist police personnel here at the police headquarters, Nagaland DGP, T. J Longkumer called upon the tourist police personnel not only to be proactive but also well equipped with the knowledge of the Naga culture, so that they would be able to give proper information to the tourists.

He also directed the police personnel to strictly deal with antisocial elements and to ensure that the rule of law was maintained at all cost.

Longkumer said tourist policemen should also be well dressed, courteous and also urged them to give a more patient hearing to tourists. Further, DGP also insisted that local taxi drivers should at least wear tribal waist coat in order to attract tourists, which will also signify the diverse Naga culture. DGP also informed that the department has acquired vehicles, bikes and also an ambulance to ensure that tourists who get lost are safely dropped to their hotels or home stay and for emergency purposes.

Reminding that the tourist police would also be the face of all the stakeholders and Nagas in general, Longkumer urged them to imbibe whatever was being trained and to ensure that the efforts of training does not go in vain.

As Nagas are well known for their hospitality, Longkumer asked his men to ensure that till the tourists leave the state, they should be well taken care of so that they leave with good memories. Tourism secretary, T. Mhabemo Yanthan in his brief address said that the setting up of tourist police was the desire of the ministry of tourism.

He said that though tourism was one of the fastest growing segment of the country’s economy, incidents of crime against tourists especially women tourists have sent negative signals across the world as many of the international tour operators had raised the issue in various platforms.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to create a conducive environment and also to take care of tourists who invest their time, money and energy to visit the state with great expectations.

Yanthan thanked DGP and the police force for setting up a vibrant formidable and attractive contingent to ensure safety of tourists visiting the state.

IGP (Range) Sonia Singh in her address reminded about the motto of the police-- “Security, Service Sacrifice” and said tourist police was introduced to protect and serve, build up confidence of tourists, create hassle free and memorable stay, entertain complaints of tourists courteously and to help them on matters related to passport, visa, currency exchange etc. She said 73 tourist police personnel deployed at various locations-- 50 women personnel from 15 IRBn and 23 male personnel from DEF Kohima.

Singh said tourist police will be stationed under two zones-- zone-I (seven sectors) will cover North Police station, Zubza PS, Chiephobozou PS under SDPO North and zone-II (five sectors) will cover Khuzama PS, South PS under SDPO South.

She also informed about the launching of the First Immediate Response (F.I.R) mobile App, a first of its kind, which will be linked with the control room. This will enable an individual to seek immediate help of the police stations (24x7) on a single tap of the help button. The control room is manned by 12 dedicated police personnel and tourism officers. Besides the mobile units, two dedicated gypsy and a motorcycle have been put in place to attend to all calls ay time of the day. Singh also informed about the reception/help centres at railway station and airport.

Additional director (HoD) tourism Akhale Vizol also spoke at the programme. The programme was chaired by SP Kohima Vikhosa Kotso.

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