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Facebook helps book cops,people post evidence on wall

Direct interaction between the public and senior officers through social media seems to be going a long way in policing the police.

Direct interaction between the public and senior officers through social media seems to be going a long way in policing the police.

According to the data,every second Traffic Police officer,pulled up for corruption or neglecting duty,was punished on the basis of evidence posted on police’s Facebook page by the general public.

Statistics say of the 32 personnel suspended this year,at least 16 were caught and exposed by the public on the Facebook wall.

“The Facebook page has not only enabled the people to convey their traffic related grievances,but has also helped us to keep a check on the staff and ensure that the system remains transparent. The photographic evidence of more than a dozen of the 32 suspension cases came through Facebook,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.

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Recently,a resident of Dwarka posted a complaint on Garg’s Facebook page that a traffic policemen had allowed a vehicle,which had a Delhi Police logo on numberplate,to go scot-free. The complainant noted that the vehicle had tinted windows and had jumped a traffic light,but no action was taken.

“The man posted photographic evidence to support his allegations. We identified the vehicle through the registration number in the photograph. A team was sent to the residence of the offender,” Garg said.

The violator was a Delhi Police constable who had opted for voluntary retirement. He was practising law at the district court in Saket.


“Based on the photographic evidence,the man was penalised for tinted glasses,jumping traffic light and registration plate violation,” Garg said.

“We are happy that the civilians are helping us in policing.”

Police said Facebook helped discipline traffic personnel on field. “The officers know that people might catch them and post their photographs on the Facebook page,which is read by top-level officers. Hence,they are more vigilant and careful. They have become more responsible,bringing down the number of complaints filed against them,” Garg said.


In 2008,a total of 1,374 officials were suspended,the figure dropped to 70 in 2009 and further came down to 32 in 2010. In 2011 also,32 were suspended,police said.

First published on: 19-09-2012 at 02:07:00 am
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