Who says WhatsApp is only useful for being in touch with friends and family! In Delhi, the social networking app is being used by police officers to find missing children and hand them back, safe and secure, to their families. This is how they operate.
Cops in Delhi are active users of WhatsApp. They are part of a group where they share crucial information which can be accessed by police stations all across the city. This group, is helping them in some incredible ways.
In the past two months, Delhi Police has rescued three missing children with the help of the group.
Picture for representation only. Source: Wikimedia
The SHO of Greater Kailash police station saw a child roaming around near a petrol pump. He posted the child’s picture on the WhatsApp group. This boy turned out to be the 6-year-old who had gone missing from him house in Taimoor Nagar. Officials from the New Friend’s Colony police station, who are also a part of the group, identified him and informed the SHO. The child was handed over to his parents.
According to a report in The Times of India, two more kids were rescued in a similar manner. They had gone missing from Okhla and Sarita Vihar areas. Their pictures were shared on the group, matched by the concerned police officers, and then they were sent back to their families.
The officials say that the idea of communicating and sharing information over WhatsApp and other such applications came up after every policeman in Southeast Delhi was given a smartphone. According to Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP Southeast Delhi, they have asked all constables and SHOs to maintain a WhatsApp group and to use it for sharing crucial information like these. A data sharing system was also introduced for the police earlier this year, and the cops are now planning to integrate their WhatsApp group with the online system.
Along with this, Delhi police is also working on developing a GPS-enabled app which will help senior officials track the position of their officers.
Thanks to the quick sharing strategies of these cops, technology is helping save lives.