On the eve of New Year, the Bengaluru city got its 33rd police commissioner, N Praveen Sood, ADGP (Administration). The alumni of IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore and Syracuse University, New York, took over from  N S Megharikh, and he has his priorities set and clear. 

 

Traffic congestion, an issue that affects the whole city, is his top priority. 

 

To make Bengaluru traffic safe and smooth, innovative initiatives, as well as adopting technology, will be his focus. Public-friendly policing and citizen-centric initiatives to make police work less intrusive is another area of work; the new commissioner will be focusing. 

 

To the delight of motorists, the commissioner will try to end unnecessary harassment on roads. 

 

Sood stated that the complainants would not require to visit the police station or offices to get updates about their cases as technology will be adopted to make processes easier for people. 

 

Crime against women and children are also areas where Sood will be focusing on, and he said that he has instructed police personnel to ensure extra vigilance for preventing crime against women and children. 

 

The new commissioner has further requested the public to cooperate and respect traffic rules, and for the traffic police personnel, the aim is not to fine but to educate people about road safety and traffic rules.

 

Soon after Sood's appointment, the city saw the shameful New Year's Eve incident in MG Road and Brigade Road in which many women were reportedly molested and stalked right on front of the police eyes. As of now, no FIR has been filed since no woman has come forward to file a complaint. 

 

This incident has already grabbed headlines, and it has to be seen what the new commissioner does in this regard.