The date for the first-ever G20 Summit held in India and South Asia is drawing closer and closer, and preparations are well underway. Held in New Delhi on the 9th and 10th of September the summit will have prime ministers, presidents, and important delegates from governments around the world coming together for India’s first-ever G20 summit.
Just like other host countries, India is also at work making sure everything is on track for the summit with beautifying projects underway and more to give the best image of the country possible.
In accordance with that, the Delhi Police has revealed that around 400 police personnel will be deployed across almost 21 locations in Delhi as ‘tourist police’ in order to make the “visitors’ experience safe, secure and hassle-free” during the summit.
But what exactly are these tourist police and what is their role?
What Is Tourist Police?
Tourist police are usually a sub-section of the general police force that are responsible for making sure tourists are safe and protected and investigating any crimes committed against them.
They are usually deployed around tourist areas and also help tourists with information about law, culture, basic tourism, customs and more.
The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) brought up the concept of a Uniform Tourist Police Scheme on a pan-India level at a conference last year and currently, the states that do have them are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala.
As per a booklet released by the BPRD in 2018, the “Tourist Police should be in the control of state government like general police,” but the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India can provide funds for the team. The scheme states that a “pool of trained policemen would be made available to render policing service to the tourists and would control the crimes at the places of tourist interest.”
The office of the lieutenant governor said that 400 police force members will be trained as ‘tourist police’ and deployed across 21 locations in Delhi including railway stations, Indira Gandhi International Airport, popular markets and monuments like Red Fort, Akshardham, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Connaught Place and Janpath and others.
The personnel will be using newly-acquired Bolero multipurpose vehicles and make sure they are equipped with all the things that tourists who are visiting the city during the summit could need. Some of these things include:
- list of dos and don’ts
- physical and digital maps of Delhi and NCR
- latest fare and distance charts for taxis and auto-rickshaws as well as online services like Uber and Ola
- locations of important business centres, commercial and cultural places and malls
- Delhi Metro and DTC route charts
- directory of emergency services
- drinking water and sanitizers
The staff are being trained in soft skills and others like:
- English speaking course
- effective communication
- firing practice
- knowledge of tourist places
- routes and venues of the G20 Summit
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