Close collaboration between police, security agencies needed: Kiran Bedi

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has stressed the need for close collaboration between police and private security agencies in the Union Territory to curb crimes. Addressing a joint meeting of police officers and personnel of private security agencies at the Raj Nivas, the former IPS officer said there should be a comprehensive and collaborative security plan involving police and security personnel to ensure citizens remained safe.

Bedi said it was mandatory for private security outfits to get licenses from the government to run their units. She recalled the interest evinced by students of a government higher secondary school at nearby Bahoor during one of her week end visits to the school to take up a career in police services and also in the armed forces.

Members of private security agencies would be imparted training by police and a joint meeting of police and the security agencies would be held at the Police Training school in Puducherry on January 29, the Lt Governor said. Beat officers in police and security agencies should work together and share information which would lead to prevention of crimes.

Ms. Bedi called upon the private security agencies to recruit young, energetic, agile and fit educated youth for civil defence. Representatives of various private security agencies attended a meeting in the Raj NIvas on Friday. She called upon the private security agencies to share information on crime on the toll-free number 1031. It is now mandatory for security agencies to obtain a licence from the authority concerned.