|Bangalore City Police|
|Motto||We Serve, We Protect|
|Formed||4 July, 1963|
|Operations jurisdiction||Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Governing body||Government of Karnataka|
|Headquarters||No.1, Infantry Road, Bangalore.|
|Elected officer responsible|
|Parent agency||Karnataka Police|
The Bangalore City Police (BCP) is the law-enforcement agency of the South Indian city of Bangalore. The BCP works under the Karnataka State Police jurisdiction and is headed by the Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, currently Kamal Pant IPS.
The Bangalore City Police consists of foot patrols, mobile patrols, traffic patrols and striking armed force mobile units. The Bangalore City Police jurisdiction is divided into seven zones — East, West, North, South, Central, South-East and North-East. Each zone is further divided into three sub-divisions, each headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Each sub-division consists of several police stations controlled by a Police inspector.
Other units within the BCP include Traffic Police, City Armed Reserve (CAR), City Special Branch (CSB), City Crime Branch (CCB) and City Crime Records Bureau (CCRB).
The Bangalore City Police's mobile patrol consists of mobile vehicular patrols, including Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova cars called Hoysala (named after the empire that ruled over most of Karnataka in medieval India) and bike patrols called cheetah, which consists of TVS Apache and Bajaj Pulsar bikes.
Bangalore City Police, established in 1963, was the first established police force in the state of Karnataka. The first BCP Police Commissioner was C Chandi and was of the rank Deputy Inspector General of Police. Today, Bangalore City Police consists of 108 Law & Order police stations, and 42 Traffic Police Stations, including two all-women police stations. It also has more than 200 patrolling vehicles.
To ensure the safety of its residents during the night hours, the Bangalore North Division Police have implemented a new QR code-based beat system called Subahu. With the new system, the beat police officer will have to mandatorily scan the QR code stickers placed along his/her beat routes. This ensures the officer concerned covers the assigned path, and does not miss any area. The app will be updated with the location of each policeman.
The Subahu beat system was initially adopted by the Bangalore South-East police division in 2020. The police claim that since the introduction of the new system, people have reported that they feel safer.
The new system was officially inaugurated on August 11. However, according to DCP Dharmendra Kumar, the programme was implemented on a pilot basis in the Bagalgunte police station and most of the police stations were already using the system for the past three months. DCP Dharmendra Kumar added that the system initially had minor issues with the location tracking. He said that a total of 1992 QR code stickers have been placed across various locations within the Bangalore North division’s jurisdiction.
For smartphone users, the BCP has Suraksha App (safety app) available for free. The app helps women in distress alert police for help, as it is linked to the police control room and patrol vehicles in the city..
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