Adding feathers to its cap, the Chennai police was the recipient of three of the four SKOCH awards that were bagged by the Tamil Nadu police this year.
Two of the awards recognising best efforts in the areas of digital, financial and social inclusions for betterment of the country were bagged by the city police for the effective implementation of its CCTV surveillance project ‘Third Eye’, and for the introduction of digital technology for cashless payment of fine in the event of traffic violations.
The third award was received under the category ‘Swachh Police Station’. The award was given away to the city police for their efforts to get rid of abandoned and unclaimed vehicles in stations and keep the premises clean.
In 2018, as many as 7,875 vehicles (90 three-wheelers, 102 four-wheelers and 7683 two-wheelers) were found to be abandoned and unclaimed. These were sent for auction through the Greater Chennai Corporation after following due process. Similarly, in 2019 as many as 3,083 unclaimed vehicles and 12,740 kg fragments of two-wheelers abandoned on the roadside were removed by the police and sent for auction.
The fourth recipient of the SKOCH award was Prateep V Philip, Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies CID. He, along with other recipients, collected the SKOCH order-of-merit certificates under the categories ‘Friends of Police’ and ‘Know Your Criminal’ in New Delhi on Friday
The SKOCH awards are conferred by an independent organisation recognising projects and institutions which were making the best efforts in the areas of digital, financial and social inclusions for the betterment of the country.