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Bangalore cops as newsreaders? Police channel soon on social media

Bengaluru police will have its own news channel on social media. It is taking an interactive mode to reach out to the people on Facebook & Twitter.

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Updated: Jul 31, 2015, 01.26 PM IST
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It is taking a visual and interactive mode to reach out to the public on sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Video clips on police-related issues will be periodically uploaded.
It is taking a visual and interactive mode to reach out to the public on sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Video clips on police-related issues will be periodically uploaded.
Learn a day in advance which roads to avoid during a VIP visit. Inform police about miscreants prowling in your area. Chat with senior police officers on policing issues. And hear the personnel in khaki read out news bulletins on crime and enforcement in the city!

In short, Bengaluru police will have its own news channel on social media. It is taking a visual and interactive mode to reach out to the public on sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Video clips on police-related issues will be periodically uploaded.

A hi-tech studio has been set up for the purpose on the fifth floor of the new police commissioner's building on Infantry Road. And if all goes according to plan, news-reading cops will go on air by September first week.

Police commissioner MN Reddi told TOI that the success of social media policing encouraged the department to switch to video mode."It is an effort to streamline news on police-related issues and load them in the form of video clips on social media. We are sure that it will be people friendly," he said.

Bangalore cops as newsreaders? Police channel soon on social media

Reddi added that a 10-member dedicated staff has been trained to work in the crime studio. "All information related to city and policing will be aired. We'll keep citizens informed on crimes happened by loading edited visuals.We'll look for people's interaction too," he said. The news channel will also air the latest traffic status, Reddi added.

Additional commissioner of police (traffic) MA Saleem said it will help in avoiding congested roads by alerting road users during emergencies. "During emergencies like creation of green corridor, we can use this channel. We shall connect many CCTVs from important traffic junctions and viewers can have look at the traffic flow," he said.
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