157 people apply to become civilian traffic police in Nagaland
Kohima: A total of 157 citizens from the state’s capital Kohima have so far applied for the Kohima police traffic sentinel scheme nearly two weeks after its launch on December 1. According to police officials, the response from the citizens has been positive so far.
Speaking to EastMojo at the newly-inaugurated traffic control room in Kohima, Zhabounuo Zumu, ASI, informed that a total of 20 persons have registered under the scheme so far. One traffic violation was filed by a registered person, while about six traffic violations were filed by non-registered persons.
The Kohima police, as part of the community policing, launched the scheme in the first week of December to empower citizens to participate in the better management of the city's traffic. Categorised in seven types of offences, citizens can act as a traffic sentinel and report the offences to the Kohima police, and in turn, earn reward points and claim cash rewards.
The officer in charge, Khihilo Kath, also informed that traffic is monitored through CCTV cameras placed at strategic locations and by the traffic police personnel on duty through wireless communications. The information of the traffic is disseminated to the public through the Kohima police’s social media handles periodically during working hours, and twice a day through 103 MHz FM Tragopan.
According to Kath, one of the challenges faced during the monitoring process through CCTV cameras is the irregularity of electricity which disrupts connectivity issues. He informed that the National Highway stretch within the city is being covered on a priority basis and the other areas within the wards will also be covered in the days to come.
He said that under the supervision of the superintendent of police (SP) and the deputy superintendent of police (DySP) for traffic, the control room, divided into four units—traffic monitoring unit, technical support unit, police radio Unit, and traffic sentinel control unit, functions in an organized manner.
A total of 12 staffs, on a rotational basis, are assigned to oversee the flow of the service at the newly inaugurated control room. DGP Nagaland T John Longkumer had inaugurated the traffic control room and launched Kohima Police Traffic Sentinel Scheme (KPTSS) at traffic control room on December 1.
The list of violations includes driving against the one-way rule, parking violation, triple riding, riding without a helmet, driving using mobile phones, dangerous driving, using vehicles with black films. The reward points are granted depending on the type of violation starting from a minimum of 3 points to a maximum of 10 points for a reward point.
The citizen traffic sentinel will be eligible to claim a cash reward of Rs 1000 on the accumulation of 100 points. Special prizes for dedicated/active sentinel is also to be rewarded by the traffic police.