Nagaland to launch Tourist Police unit

Nagaland to launch Tourist Police unit
Image for representational purposes only.  Personnel of the 15 NAP (IR) Mahila taking part in the drill competition on the final day of the XXXVI Nagaland Police duty-cum-sports meet 2015 held at NAPTC ground, Chūmoukedima on November 20. (Morung File Photo)


    • 24-hour Control Room has been activated;

    • To be manned by 12 dedicated police personnel and tourism officer

    • First Immediate Response (FIR),  an SOS app will be will be linked with the control room


Our Correspondent
Kohima | November 17


With the Hornbill Festival just around the corner, the Nagaland Government has announced that it will be launching the Tourist Police unit by next week. The formal launching will be done by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio tentatively on November 23.


The Tourist Police unit is a specialized force tasked to maintain the safety and security of tourists, particularly during the Hornbill festival which begins from December 1 onwards. With the launch, Nagaland will become the second state in the North East to introduce Tourist Police.


Towards this, the Nagaland Police along with the state’s tourism department has already worked out various modalities.
“Let us show to the world that we care for tourists and ensure their safety and memorable stay in Nagaland,” said Nagaland’s DGP John Longkumer while addressing a training programme for Tourist Police here today.


Nagaland’s tourism secretary T. Mhabemo Yanthan said the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India from its end has been taking various measures towards ensuring safety and security of the tourists.


He said the introduction of Tourist Police in the state will go a long way in providing safety and comfortable stay of tourists and handle the issues face by the tourists.


Sonia Singh, IGP (Range) Nagaland Police said that the Tourist Police unit will have a total strength of 73 with 50 women personnel (15th IRB) and 23 male personnel (DEF Kohima).


She said Tourist Police has been necessitated to protect and serve the tourists, to build up the confidence of tourists, to create hassle-free and memorable stay, to avoid any harassment to the tourists and to help the tourists on matters relating to passport, VISA, currency exchange.


The Tourist Police personnel will be deployed in the Railway Station Dimapur/ Airport, Chumukedima Check Gate and 12 sectors in Kohima. There will also be reception counters at Airport and Railway station in Dimapur.


There will be integrated control room including grievance redress mechanism. 24-hour Control Room has been activated and shall be manned by 12 dedicated police personnel and tourism officer.


Singh said that to facilitate the peaceful stay of tourists, SOS call app will be linked with the control room.


First Immediate Response (FIR) is an SOS application made for the safety of public and tourist. The main purpose of this mobile application is to enable individuals seek immediate help from the Police station on a single tap of the help button.