Q&A: Alok Kumar who was transferred as Bengaluru police commissioner
You were an appointee of the previous government. Were there any differences when the BJP took over.
Irrespective of who or which party is heading the government, I have sincerely and passionately done my job. I have worked under all political dispensations. My focus is only to serve people and bring good reputation to the government.
Do you think you are vulnerable to the existing political situation in the state.
Whenever, wherever and however long I have worked, I have given my best. I have served earlier under CM B.S. Yediyurappa as Joint Commissioner (Crime) and DCP (South). I have worked as Additional Commissioner of Police during the Congress rule. Under H.D. Kumaraswamy’s government, I worked as Additional Commissioner (Crime) and I discharged my duty as the Commissioner of Police. I always work towards bringing a good name to the government by delivering people-oriented programmes.
What were your dreams for Bengaluru.
My dream was to bring in international standards of policing in Bengaluru. We hear a lot about LAPD, NYPD, policing in Singapore and Sydney. Considering our infrastructure even if we are close to 10-20% of international policing standards it will be great here. My focus was on predictive, hotspot and evidence-based policing. Digitisation of evidence, victim protection, and victim assistance and victim advocacy seemed some of achievable proximate goals within the limitations. If any city in the country has the capacity to achieve the standards of international policing, it is Bengaluru. People should have discipline and responsibility. All the time the police can't give dos and don’ts for the people.