On the occasion of Police Rising Day on Friday, January 5, 2018, a highly informative workshop on “Connecting Police with the Public” was conducted for Senior Secondary students at the school auditorium. The workshop was conducted by Mr. R.M. Kothlikar, Mr. O.R. Mahekar and Mrs. Ghorpade who are Deputy Superintendents of Police, CID Crime Branch, and Mr. Brijesh Shinde PS, Konkan Bhavan, Navi Mumbai.

 The focus of the workshop was on the role of the police in society and breaking the barriers of communication between the police and the public.  The officers took the students through a step by step process of how the public can approach the police with their complaints, and the processes that are involved in tackling a situation. They also learnt about the various police departments and the jurisdiction under which complaints must be registered. Misconceptions regarding FIR were discussed in detail. Students, especially girls, found this workshop highly informative as they were encouraged not to keep silent, but to come forward in the event of any miscreants creating problems for them. 

The workshop also focused on the burning issue of cyber-crime. While students were made aware of the various perils that lurk behind social media, they also learnt how the department uses digital technology to effectively track vehicle/mobile theft, locate missing people and to find the families of unclaimed bodies. Students were introduced to a very useful app called “Maharashtra Police Citizen Portal” which will help them to connect with the police department during a crisis.  The app would benefit citizens by its ability to address issues immediately.

The question and answer session saw students coming up with interesting questions on how to approach the correct department for issues related to traffic, corruption, bullying, etc.

The session ended with vote of thanks to the officers and the chanting of Shanti Mantra.05