Post Mortem

Lockdown or community policing?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:47:24 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

2. Powers and method of policing to be clearly defined to avoid overlap and clashes with other Govt authorities. Mobile photography before leveling charge for penalty wherever applicable would be desirable and serve as evidence of the offence in cases of disputes.

3. Fines can be imposed for offenders. Govt/Municipal receipts to be issued for accountability and transparency. A percentage of the fines collected can be retained for community fund and to pay honorarium to its members/youths enforcing the order. The remaining percentage of penalty realized can be deposited to the Government Covid-19 fund after audit, to be used for covid-19 related expenses.

Who will ensure the policing?

1. Colony Panchayats to take over the community policing within their locality through youth volunteers.

2. Youth Volunteers of a bigger Organisation to take over the National and State Highways, Markets, and roads that fall between two panchayat jurisdiction, or any other areas not covered by the Panchayats.

3. Coordination with the District Task Force at all times required. All disputes to be settled under the authority of the DTF.

4. All personnel involved in implementation should observe the same order they intend to implement and violators should be penalized in the same manner.

5. Restriction of crowding even amongst the volunteers by not allowing more than two in a specified place.

How will the Community Policing Benefit?

1. It will ensure and enforce the use of mask by any person in public places. This will help to break the chain of infection within the community. It will also check any intentional spread by unscrupulous people as witnessed in the Nizamuddin Markaz incident and subsequent viral videos depicting such people on a mission to spread the corona virus. 

2. It will reduce the manpower and work demand of the Police, Municipal and administrative personnel.

3. It will earn revenue for the Government to be used for Covid related expenses.

4. It will provide temporary employment to the Community youth.

5. Fines will discourage offenders.

6. It will not only help prevent the spread of the disease by ensuring the use of mask, but will also ensure a cleaner and safer environment by the prevention of spitting in public places. 

The Government exist for the people that forms the community, and the community forms the government that governs it. The constructive participation of both is inevitable to successfully overcome the Covid crisis.

The proposal for community policing to enforce various health advisories- most importantly the wearing of mask, prevention of spitting in public places, hand washing/sanitization and maintaining social distancing can be introduced on a trial basis and its efficacy studied. If a desirable result is achieved, the same may be replicated across the state.


Kevinourheno Seyie, President, Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK) & General Secretary Shürhivino Nakhro

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