As a next step in safeguarding the rural population, Punjab’s deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Flagged off an intense rural patrolling system, RRPRS – Rapid Rural Police Response System, in order to ensure the safety of the rural areas of Punjab, which comprises of around 12,000 villages.
- This system has been introduced to ensure incite and efficient police response at the doorsteps of the state’s common people, in addition to increasing police visibility for crime prevention.
- As per this new system, all the rural people can call “100” in case of distress and the police will response within a short span of not more than 20 minutes.
- This is a 24 X 7 facility with dedicated control rooms and dedicated twin lines to reduce channel traffic.
- This system will become a model of rural policing as it would reduce police response times to distress calls in rural areas by providing state-of-the-art networking GPS-fitted, fully equipped and manned vehicles and the district control rooms.
- This system is enhanced by providing 400 new motorcycles and 220 patrol jeeps to the Punjab Police.
- Moreover 720 high acceleration motorcycles have been ordered by the Government to ensure the proper success of this scheme.
- According to this system, the Punjab Police will divide the rural areas of Punjab into 724 traditional rural ‘zails’ with 16 to 18 villages under one zail.
- One assistant sub-inspector will be in charge of each zail and he would be responsible for law and order and patrolling of his own zail.
- Moreover the State has been divided into 877 ‘beats’ based on ‘pattern’ and ‘incidence’ of crime. “This is an attempt to increase visibility and presence of police at the street level in the remotest corner of the State.