Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar Yadav has said that the annual crime rate in Hyderabad has reduced from 25,187 cases registered in 2019 to 20,012 cases registered in 2021. He spoke during the annual crime round-up from the iconic Buddha statue, Hussainsagar. He added that the crime rate was less when compared to Chennai and Bengaluru.
Anjani Kumar shared that the decrease in crime rate has to be attributed to the detention of repeat offenders under the PD Act, constant monitoring of criminals, and improved patrolling in addition to the use of technology and CCTV cameras. Even grave cases such as an attempt to murder and murder were lesser when compared to cities with much lower populations.
He said the training of new recruits would be more community-centric and will ensure that they get to know the problems of various communities (colonies and areas). Anjani Kumar also shared that the new recruits would be mentored by senior officers, with each group having 25 personnel guiding them in all aspects of policing. General policing, too, would be more focused on the betterment of communities.
The police commissioner also added that group performance would be given more preference over individual performance. He further shared that e-learning and e-modules will be introduced in all police stations covering all functional verticals.
Some advancements in police force post-2019 include the inclusion of SHE bikes given to women police officers; integration of senior citizens with Hawk-Eye mobile app; setting up of counseling centers for women to create awareness about domestic violence; inauguration of 17 new police station buildings; disposal of 31,208 cases; installation of 440,299 CCTV cameras across the city, etc.