60 RPF personnel from Constable to Sub-Inspector take part
Tiruchirappalli (TPJ): With a slew of advanced security equipment already provided under the Integrated Security System (ISS) to Tiruchi Junction, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel managing the system were trained in handling some of these devices.
A group of field-level RPF personnel from Tiruchi Railway Division were handpicked for the training that got under way at the RPF Zonal Training Institute at Khajamalai here on Wednesday.
The focus of the two-day programme was to train personnel in operating hi-tech Vapour Tracer with Local Craft Terminal and the Real-Time Viewing System.
At least 60 RPF personnel from the rank of Constable to Sub-Inspector took part in the day-long session. The participants were explained the salient features of the Vapour Tracer, which was meant to detect explosives, and ways of operating it during emergencies.
The training was provided by the representatives of the company that had supplied the equipment under the ISS. Personnel of the RPF Bomb Detection Squad managing the ISS also participated in the programme. The training on Thursday would be on Real-Time Viewing System, another advanced gadget which would scan for explosives, weapons, and other contraband concealed in baggage, parcels and boxes, say RPF officials.
This was the first time the RPF personnel were being imparted practical training in handling these security gadgets since the implementation of the ISS in Tiruchi Railway Junction in 2013.
Tiruchi is among the major railway stations in the country and in the Southern Railway zone brought under the scope of the ISS, which was conceived by the railway administration in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.
Under the ISS, a total of 67 surveillance cameras were installed at various points in Tiruchi Junction to keep round-the-clock check on the activities taking place at the station and its concourse area.
Other equipment provided under the ISS include bomb suppression blanket, bomb basket, under vehicle search scanner, door-frame metal detectors, handheld metal detectors, x-ray baggage scanners, parcel scanner, and bomb suit.
Although two Under Vehicle Search Scanners have been installed – one at the main entrance of the station and another at Kallukuzhi entrance – they are yet to be commissioned and handed over to the RPF.
The whole idea of implementing the ISS is to fortify security at Tiruchi Junction and maintain effective surveillance.
4 more railway stations to come under CCTV system soon
Surveillance at four more railway stations in Tiruchi Railway Division is poised to enhance with the railway authorities planning to bring them under the scope of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system.
Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, and Villupuram are the stations identified for installation of surveillance cameras to bolster security.
Ahead of putting the system in place, the Railway Protection Force personnel conducted surveys in those stations in coordination with the Signal and Telecommunication branch regarding the places where the cameras needed to be installed.
Sources said the plan was to install 20 cameras at Thanjavur Junction, 10 cameras at Kumbakonam, 17 cameras at Mayiladuthurai, and 51 cameras at Villupuram Junction. All the four stations fall under the “A” category in the vast jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division.
A control room would be in place at the four stations from where the activities would be monitored by the Railway Protection Force personnel. The detailed plan with respect to the spots where the cameras needed to be installed would be forwarded to the Southern Railway headquarters for approval, the sources said. Tiruchi Junction is the first station in the division to be brought under a comprehensive surveillance mechanism with the installation of 67 cameras under the Integrated Security System.
The cameras would act as a manpower multiplier enabling the RPF personnel to enhance surveillance at the stations, a senior officer said.
The sources said a dog squad had been established at Villupuram Junction, a major station in Tiruchi Division. Villupuram is the second station after Tiruchi to have a dog squad in place.
The squad has two sniffer dogs — one trained in detecting explosive substances and the other being a ‘tracker’.
Women police personnel learn stress management in Palakkad Division
Coimbatore (CBE): Around 300 women police personnel on Sunday were given tips on stress management from senior police personnel and psychologists at the stress management seminar the Coimbatore City Traffic Police had organised at the police commissionerate.
Inspector General of Police, Railways, Seema Agrawal, who was the chief guest, said that women personnel were more stressed because they had the tough task of balancing work and life. She asked them to plan their chores, be punctual and also be accommodative and not rigid.
If there was give and take in life, they could easily handle stress, or even avoid it.Psychologist and professor Usha Rani, who addressed the women personnel in two sessions, said that she had asked the participants to not get dejected that they were unable to execute tasks to their satisfaction.
Ms. Rani said that she asked them to practice breathing techniques, and give quality time to family. Yoga practitioner Mohan Raja also addressed the women personnel. City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan delivered the presidential address.