The pink patrol vehicles operated by women police officers will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for surveillance.

Amma Patrol in Chennai launched to ensure safety of women and girls Twitter/@VinTN
news Law and order Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 08:57

Police patrol vehicles in Chennai received a new addition of pink-coloured Toyota Innova cars as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched women and children-friendly patrol service in the city. The launch of new patrol vehicles was a part of a slew of inaugurations and unveiling that the Chief Minister undertook on Monday before he left on his fortnight-long US-UK tour.

According to reports, ‘Amma Patrol’ will provide ready response at the scene of crimes against women and girl children. The Chief Minister launched a batch of 40 new vehicles purchased at a cost of Rs 6.8 crore taken from the Nirbhaya Fund. The Nirbhaya Fund was constituted by the central government after the 2012-Delhi gang rape case. States could plan and implement schemes which improve women’s safety in cities using the Nirbhaya Fund, the cost of which will be shared by the Government of India and the state governments in a 60-40 ratio.

The Amma Patrol vehicles, named after late CM Jayalalithaa who was popularly referred to as Amma, will be operated in areas where crimes against women have been reported earlier. Women police personnel from the All-Women’s Police Stations will be deployed on patrolling duties in the vehicle. The vehicles have been equipped with revolving lights, sirens, GPS etc to improve communication and visibility. GPS tracking devices and cameras have been installed in its front and rear sides, and these send continuous visuals to the police control room. Personnel in the control room can monitor the visuals and take necessary steps to deploy additional personnel to the spot.

The Government of Tamil Nadu set up a ‘Crime against Women and Children (CWC) Wing’ under the leadership of ADGP Su Arunachalam in March, to supervise all cases of crime committed against women and children. All the All-Women’s Police Stations come under the monitoring of the CWC wing and so does other special units like anti-human, child-trafficking, etc. This wing will be responsible for the supervision of Amma Patrol also, reports Deccan Chronicle.

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