The Bangalore Police Department is now thinking of reading books to keep themselves fit intellectually. And all this is becoming possible because of an innovative idea of setting up libraries at the police stations.
Deputy Commissioner Is Mastermind Behind The Idea
The brain behind the idea is that of K Annamalai, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru South). According to Annamalai such type of development is highly important for ensuring that the police officials grow and become good human beings.
We have opened a library across each of the 17 police stations of South Division Bengaluru city police. We have started with 20 books each. The aim is to make cops become more learned, smarter & well rounded. Please consider donating as well if you feel so. @CPBlr @BlrCityPolice pic.twitter.com/9pMLXSHFZg
— K. Annamalai IPS (@DCPSouthBCP) June 1, 2019
He said, “Primarily, the idea came through as a stress-buster to police officials while at their respective stations itself. It is important that each one of them becomes a well-grounded human in order to become capable of handling society’s problems.”
K Annamalai further added, “We have been getting a lot of calls and many individuals and organizations have come forward to donate books already. Our book banks are growing which indicates that our libraries will become self-sustainable soon.”
Jayanagar Police Station Has Highest Books
The initiative earlier started with just 20 books at each of the police stations in Bengaluru now has over 700 books in total. Jayanagar police station has the highest number of books. Each library comprises of books from various genres including law and order, history, fiction as well as non-fiction and inspiring autobiographies.
A Jayanagar police station inspector said, “We have around 300 books in our ever-growing library now. Coming back to the station to read books is helping us grow intellectually apart from it becoming our favorite pastime now.” Many people have appreciated this move by the Deputy Commissioner on social media.
Congratulations on this new initiative. I am pretty sure this would bring lot of awareness and knowledge to our police staff. I am interested in donating, kindly let us know the way and means to do it.
— Shujath Pasha (@shujathpasha) June 1, 2019
A few citizens have said that books are stress busters and hence certainly good for police officers who have to constantly work under stress and pressure.
Reading books is a stress buster, that is very much required for policemen. They are busy 24 hrs. They also need mental rest.
— MadhuG (@ajaathashatru) June 2, 2019
However, there are a few citizens who are not very happy and think that the move is an eyewash.