The RS Puram police station (B-2) in Coimbatore has been awarded the best police station in India, after a survey conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Quality Council of India.
Tamil Nadu DGP TK Rajendran and station inspector T Jothi received a trophy from Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in a major boost to the Telangana police, the Punjagutta Police Station in Hyderabad stood second in the Centreâs rankings.
"It's a matter of pride for the Tamil Nadu police. We plan to set up such police stations in all sub-divisions in Coimbatore city. We will upgrade many of our city police stations also," a senior police officer told ToI.
The Anna Nagar police station in Chennai also fared well, ranking fifth overall in the country.
Rajnath Singh presented the Union Home Ministerâs Trophy for Best Police Station in the country on Saturday at a ceremony at BSF Academy in Madhya Pradesh.
For Punjagutta Police Station, the trophy was received by SHO S Ravinder along with Telangana DGP M Mahendar Reddy.
In a press release, the Telangana police explained that the Union Government had developed a uniform model of ranking police stations in the country and identified 10 best police stations.
"The basic objective of the survey is to improve quality of policing and make it citizen-friendly. Since the formation of Telangana, the Chief Ministerâs vision of enhancing standards of service delivery by institutionalising effective and sustainable systems through use of technology, process initiatives and community partnerships in policing has gained recognition," the police said in a statement.
âWe were confident that one of the two police stations from Hyderabad will bag the award. In the last 10 months, we had worked very hard in bringing transformation at the police station on various aspects,â an elated Ravinder told ToI.
According to reports, the police station caters to around 2.5 lakh people under its jurisdiction.
In December last year, as part of its initiative of âfriendly policingâ, Mahender Reddy announced all police stations in Telangana will have Facebook accounts and Twitter handles for communicating with people on a daily basis.
Reddy said they will use technology and undertake people-friendly initiatives in mission mode to achieve the objective of safer Telangana.
The state has about 800 police stations. The DGP said that the technology initiatives undertaken in Hyderabad in recent years would be extended to all the districts and all the units of the police force.